Institutional Accreditation - Accreditation
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Institutional Accreditation

The University of Saint Francis is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. The corporation was formed to assist in the educational work of the Eastern Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, a religious congregation of women of the Roman Catholic Church. The university’s board of trustees is comprised of 31 members, which includes both members of the congregation and lay members.

University Accreditor

The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Open Pathway. HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as one of six regional associations that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level.

Contact Information:

The Higher Learning Commission
Open Pathway
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456 / fax 202-296-6620

Profile and Status

Accreditation Profile and Status

Original Date of Accreditation: April 5, 1957

Date of Most recent Accreditation Review: February 2018

Results of Most recent Accreditation Review: The university’s most recent comprehensive review occurred in Spring 2018. We received final notice of reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission on May 4, 2018.

University Goals

  • 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

Outcomes for each goal are available in a downloadable pdf.

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: 2027-2028