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Illinois State University operates under authority granted by the Illinois General Assembly. Programs of study offered by the University have been specifically authorized by the State of Illinois through its Illinois Board of Higher Education. In addition to being state-authorized, Illinois State University and many of its programs are accredited. Accreditation is a voluntary process that provides assurances to the public, particularly to prospective students, that an institution or program meets clearly-stated requirements and criteria. Accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution or program meets threshold quality standards and is engaged in continuous improvement. 

University Accreditation

Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education. Information about the status and terms of this accreditation is summarized in a Statement of Accreditation Status published by the commission. Further information is available by contacting HLC at (800) 621-7440, (312) 263-0456, or info@hlcommission.org.

The latest accreditation review of Illinois State University by HLC occurred in 2015. Illinois State submitted its request for continued accreditation, called an assurance argument, to HLC on March 23, 2015. An accreditation site visit team visited the University on April 20-21, 2015 to meet with administrators, students, faculty, and staff. The site visit team subsequently submitted a report of its findings and recommendations to the HLC Institutional Actions Council. The council voted to continue HLC accreditation of Illinois State effective July 27, 2015. No interim reports or follow-up actions were required in connection with the decision. The next Reaffirmation of Accreditation review is scheduled to occur in 2024-2025. The University is scheduled to submit an interim accreditation report to HLC in 2018.

Specialized Program Accreditation

Illinois State offers numerous academic programs and specialized services that have been reviewed for their quality and accredited through discipline-based organizations. See the navigation bar for a list of specialized accreditation agencies with which Illinois State is currently associated and a list of programs and services at Illinois State that currently hold specialized accreditation or approval.

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