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Academic accreditation at ASU

Academic program are fully accredited

All Arizona State University academic programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The institution has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1931.

This accreditation is reviewed for reaffirmation every ten years, with the next review in 2022-23. The official letter from the Higher Learning Commission communicating the status of ASU’s accreditation is available for public viewing: Higher Learning Commission Letter.

A number of programs also have specialized accreditations by professional and national accrediting agencies.

Purpose of accreditation

Accreditation serves as public recognition that an institution has met accepted standards of quality and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to self-study and external peer review. Maintaining accreditation affirms that quality standards are being met and that the excellence of an ASU education is continually enhanced.

ASU is on the HLC Open Pathway, a process that includes a number of components over a ten-year cycle. ASU will prepare an evidence-based assurance argument that is the basis for reaffirmation of accreditation in the tenth year of the cycle, 2022-23. You can view the ten-year cycle here. The components of the comprehensive evaluation in the Open Pathway include:

  1. Regular monitoring and compliance
  2. Assurance review (Year 4, 2016-17)
    ASU Assurance Review has been approved without concern by the HLC
  3. Quality initiative project (Years 5-9, 2018-2022)
  4. Comprehensive evaluation (Year 10, 2023)

The reaffirmation process will culminate in a site visit (2022-23) by a team of HLC peer reviewers made up of faculty and staff from other universities with similar missions.

Criteria for accreditation

Institutions are accredited based on demonstration that they meet the criteria for accreditation and the assumed practices.

Criterion 1: Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Criterion 2: Integrity, ethical and responsible conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Criterion 3: Teaching and learning: Quality, resources and support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criterion 4: Teaching and learning: Evaluation and improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criterion 5: Resources, planning and institutional effectiveness

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.