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The Higher Learning Commission oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in nineteen Midwestern and South-Central states. The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Commission as the assigned regional accrediting organization.

In September 2012, the Commission began a three-year transition to a new accreditation model called Pathways. The Open and Standard Pathways provide a comprehensive evaluation, assurance review and quality initiative. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is an alternative evaluation process for institutions already accredited by the Commission. AQIP is structured around quality improvement principles, action projects and an assurance review. Participating institutions elect to maintain its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission by regularly providing the AQIP with evidence of the vitality of its academic quality improvement initiatives and the results achieved. Participation is subject to approval by AQIP and the Commission.

Metropolitan State University elected to join the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in 2003. AQIP's eight-year continuous improvement cycle replaces the comprehensive self-study visit that occurred every ten years. Reaffirmation of Accreditation is based on Metropolitan State's active participation in AQIP, on evidence of progress and improvement in the organization, and on evidence that the University continues to fulfill the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.

To support AQIP operations and activities, the institution will:

  • identify an official liaison with AQIP and the Commission, notifying AQIP promptly of temporary or permanent changes affecting this liaison role;
  • participate in all scheduled AQIP activities (e.g., Strategy Forum, Systems Appraisal, Annual Updates), which are essential to the operation of this accreditation process and required by AQIP for its accrediting determinations;
  • inform AQIP promptly of major organizational conditions, events, or changes that could negatively affect the organization's viability, operations, or quality improvement efforts;
  • pay fees charged for participation in AQIP Workshops, Appraisals, and other activities promptly; and
  • continue to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation, responding promptly to any inquiries the Commission receives regarding possible violations of these fundamental Commission membership expectations, and observing other Commission policies and obligations of membership.

Summary of HLC Review

  1. Accreditation Date: 1975
  2. Year of Admission to AQIP: 04/04/2003
  3. Due Date of Next Systems Portfolio: 11/1/2014 6/1/2015
  4. Year of Next Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2016-2017
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