Higher Learning Commission
The University of Arizona has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1917. The HLC is one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The University’s last comprehensive evaluation for re-accreditation occurred in 2010 and validated the University’s extraordinary quality and integrity of academics, research, administration, faculty, staff, resources, facilities and procedures.
The University of Arizona's current Statement of Accreditation Status is available through the HLC mark of verification located on the bottom of the University's main website: http://www.arizona.edu/about. The University's Mission Statement is on the Never Settle Strategic Plan website: http://neversettle.arizona.edu/mission-statement.
The University of Arizona will be reviewed for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2020-2021 by participating in the Open Pathway program. You can view the ten-year cycle here. The components of the comprehensive evaluation in the Open Pathway include:
- Regular Monitoring & Compliance
- Assurance Review
- Quality Initiative Project
- Comprehensive Evaluation
The UA Learning Initiative is the UA's approved HLC Quality Initiative project. It is designed to help faculty and students understand and use effective strategies that improve student learning and enhance retention of learned content and concepts.
In 2020-21, the Higher Learning Commission staff will bring together the reports from the 2020 Assurance Review, Quality Initiative project, and Comprehensive [on-site] Evaluation. The overall assessment will be forwarded to the Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) for decision-making. The decision process will include Commission action regarding reaffirmation of accreditation and determination of the University's future Pathway eligibility.