Higher Learning Commission
Since 1916, the University of Northern Colorado has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. UNC’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the HLC in June 2015, with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2024-2025.
2015 HLC Self-Study
In 2012, UNC began a journey of self-reflection and evaluation that culminated with the completion of a self-study report and campus visit by a team of HLC peer reviewers in March 2015. Based on their evaluation of UNC’s self-study, interactions with over 300 members of the campus community, and review of nearly 800 evidentiary documents, the HLC team found that UNC is fully meeting the HLC Criteria for Accreditation. In their report, the team wrote that their “visit confirmed that personalized and transformative student learning experiences are at the heart of what UNC is accomplishing.”
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HLC Assessment Academy
In 2012, UNC was accepted to participate in the HLC Assessment Academy, a four-year program for institutions seeking to improve assessment practices on their campuses. UNC’s academy project was developed and implemented by the Office of Assessment and Accreditation and a team of Faculty Assessment Fellows. The team designed the Assessment Leadership Institute and 25 academic programs participated between 2012 and 2016. Results of the project were presented at the 2017 HLC Annual Conference.