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.

The University of Saint Francis has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 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 as one of six regional associations that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level.

University accreditor

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

University profile and status with accreditor

University of Saint Francis profile

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. Final notice of HLC’s reaffirmation of accreditation was received by the university on May 4, 2018.

University goals

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