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NDSU's 2015 Assurance Argument: Feedback Needed

The NDSU Accreditation Report Writing Team (ARWT) is seeking feedback from NDSU faculty, staff, and students on the first draft of the 2015 NDSU Assurance Argument for reaffirmation of accreditation. The Assurance Argument is a critical component of reaffirmation of accreditation; it is an opportunity for NDSU to tell its story. NDSU faculty, staff, and students are invited to provide feedback at Open Forums on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 14th, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Meadow Lark Room, Memorial Union
  • Monday, April 20th, 2 - 3:30 p.m., Rose Room, Memorial Union

Accreditation at NDSU

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 licensure, 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 in July of 2006 and the next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for October 2015.

NDSU's Accreditation History

North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) was first accredited in 1915 by the North Central Association (NCA) as an institution that awarded four-year and master's degrees.  After a time when the (then) Board of Administrators became overly involved in the institution's activities, accreditation was withheld from April 7, 1938 until March, 1939.  Five doctoral programs were initiated in 1959 and in 1960 NDAC became North Dakota State University.  The NCA extended NDSU's accreditation in 1966 to include these doctoral programs.  After our February 1996 comprehensive visit, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association re-accredited NDSU on July 12, 2006.  NDSU's current "Statement of Affiliation Status with the Higher Learning Commission is at:,ShowBasic/Itemid,/instid,1520/

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The Higher Learning Commission has a helpful introduction to its Criteria for Accreditation at

NDSU Accreditation Self-Study Reports

2006 NDSU Accreditation Self-Study

1996 NDSU Accreditation Self Study HLC Strengths and Concerns

1986 NDSU Accreditation Self-Study NCA Concerns

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-6671
Campus address: Morrill 213
Mailing address: Dept 2010, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:11:24 AM