Institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), also known as regional accreditation, provides assurance to current and prospective students and other stakeholders that credits and degrees earned from North Dakota State University meet quality standards of higher education. Accreditation is a requirement for federal financial aid and may be a requirement for some employment opportunities, professional licensures, and graduate education.

To ensure continued commitment to educational quality, accreditation requires periodic institutional and program reviews. The accreditation process provides an opportunity for NDSU to assess our own successes and challenges over time and make planning decisions for the future. NDSU last received reaffirmation of accreditation during the 2015-2016 academic year and the next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Accreditation Liaison Officer

Dr. Jeff Boyer
Director of Assessment and Accreditation
Old Main 203

Higher Learning Commission Documents

Mid-cycle review: June 2020

NDSU Mid-cycle Assurance Argument; June 15, 2020

HLC Mid-cycle Review Final Report; July 17, 2020

Previous re-affirmation of accreditation: 2015-2016 academic year

HLC Re-accreditation Final Report; January 1, 2016

HLC Re-affirmation Letter; March 25, 2016

Next re-affirmation of accreditation: 2025-2026 academic year

Contact HLC

Inquiries may be directed to:

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
Phone: (800) 621-7440; (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462

HLC Complaint Form

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