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 profile and status with accreditor
Original date of accreditation
April 5, 1957
Date of most recent accreditation review
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.
- 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