Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Metropolitan State University holds the following additional program accreditations:
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- The Council on Social Work Education
The Urban Teacher program also has institutional and program approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer its licensure programs and recommend teacher candidates for state licensure.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary process by which primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and professional schools submit themselves to a comprehensive review process by an outside agency to ensure quality and institutional integrity. The most credible type of accreditation in the United States is called "regional" accreditation, which means that an institution is accredited by one of the six geographically dispersed associations approved by both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Why is attending an accredited college or university important?
There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Meeting accreditation standards can provide:
- Quality Education: accredited colleges and universities deliver high quality educational programs.
- Financial Aid: accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
- Transferable credits: most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited school. Most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited schools.
Why does the Higher Learning Commission require a site visit and why is it important?
The Quality Checkup visit is a routine, yet important part of AQIP's seven‐year continuous improvement cycle for continuation of accreditation. The site visit is used to determine if the university continues to fulfill the commissionís Criteria for Accreditation, meet Federal Compliance Program regulations and show evidence of a commitment to continuous improvement within the AQIP framework. Reaffirmation of Accreditation is based on Metropolitan State's active participation in AQIP and improvement in the organization.
Where can I get more information on accreditation, AQIP and the Higher Learning Commission?
- U.S. Department of Education
- Academic Quality Improvement Program, North Central Association
- Council for Higher Education Accreditation
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools