Higher Learning Commission

The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency 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 right of this page. To learn more about the University read our Mission Statement and President Robbins' five-pillar Strategic Plan.

UA will be reviewed to reaffirm accreditation in 2020-2021 by participating in the Open Pathway program, which is one of three options that an institution has for maintaining its accreditation with HLC. The Open Pathway's 10-year cycle is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. In the final year of the cycle, the institution undergoes a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that it is meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement, and complying with requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Visit the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) website to learn more about the process.


The UA Learning Initiative is 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. Visit hlc2021.arizona.edu to learn more about the upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation.