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 of study are accredited. Accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution or program meets threshold quality standards and is engaged in continuous improvement.
Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 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 the Higher Learning Commission at (800) 621-7440, (312) 263-0456, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Learning Commission accreditation of colleges and universities involves multiple reviews occurring in a 10-year cycle that begins and ends with a comprehensive review with site visit. The accreditation review schedule for Illinois State in the current 10-year cycle follows.
YEAR IN CYCLE
STATUS - OUTCOME
|1||2014-2015||Comprehensive review (with site visit)||
HLC granted continuation of accreditation effective July 27, 2015, with no further review or monitoring necessary. See request for continued accreditation (assurance argument) submitted to HLC by the University on March 23, 2015.
|3||2017-2018||Review of off-campus program locations
Site visits occurred in fall 2017. Off-campus programs were subsequently deemed by HLC to meet accreditation standards with no further review or monitoring necessary.
|4||2018-2019||Comprehensive review (no site visit)||The request for continued accreditation (assurance argument) is due to HLC by June 10, 2019.
|7||2021-2022||Review of quality improvement initiative||
|8||2022-2023||Review of off-campus program locations|
|10||2024-2025||Comprehensive review (with site visit)|
Illinois State offers numerous academic programs and specialized services that have been reviewed for their quality and accredited through discipline-based associations. See accreditation by program or accreditation by accrediting body.