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Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Metropolitan State University holds the following program accreditations:

  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The Council on Social Work Education

The Urban Teacher program has institutional and program approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer its licensure programs and recommend teacher candidates for state licensure.

The Advanced Dental Therapy Program has institutional and program approval by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.

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 site Checkup visit is a routine, yet important part of AQIP's eight-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?