The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities. Institutional accreditation validates the quality of an institution's academic programs, examines the quality of the institution beyond its academic offerings, and evaluates the institution as a whole.
Accredited institutions complete periodic reviews on a 10-year cycle to ensure they continue to meet the criteria for accreditation and pursue institutional improvement. Criteria for accreditation include:
A detailed overview of the accreditation process is available at hlccommission.org.
In addition to assuring students, parents and employers that the University of Central Missouri provides a quality educational experience, accreditation will allow UCM students to continue receiving federal financial aid. It will also ensure that college credit and degrees earned at UCM will continue to be recognized by employers and other higher education institutions.