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.

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