The University of Saint Francis has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1957 for undergraduate programs and since 1961 for graduate programs and has been continuously renewed to the present time. HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as one of six regional associations that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level.
CHEA defines “accreditation” as the review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the U.S., accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution or program provides a quality education.
University profile and status with accreditor
Original date of accreditation
April 5, 1957
Date of most recent accreditation review
April 18, 2011
Results of most recent accreditation review
The university’s most recent comprehensive review occurred through the AQIP Quality Check-up site visit in January 2011. We received final notice of reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in April 2011.
- Goal 1: Live the Catholic and Franciscan tradition of Faith and Reason
- Goal 2: Be an outstanding learning community
- Goal 3: Engage and serve students and graduates
- Goal 4: Value colleagues
- Goal 5: Provide a safe and supportive learning environment
- Goal 6: Collaborate with the Community for the Public Good
- Goal 7: Design Our Future
University teach-out policy
The university will follow the guidelines of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) if programs need to be closed for any reason. The university will write a formal plan specific to the program being closed that is congruent with the HLC policy “Institutional Circumstances Requiring Commission Approved Teach-Out Arrangements Policy”. The policy requires that institutions document preparations for program closure through a Teach-Out Plan. The institution is required to inform the Commission of its circumstances and to receive formal Commission approval of the Teach-Out Plan prior to initiating it. The policy is posted on the Higher Learning Commission’s website.
Date of next accreditation review