Accreditation

Ashland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Higher Learning Commission
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General Information about Accreditation

What is Accreditation?

In the United States, colleges and universities voluntarily seek accreditation from regional accreditors. Ashland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The HLC has designed the accreditation process to achieve its mission: “Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher education”.   

HLC evaluates the University in terms of its mission and HLC’s five criteria and assumed practices. The criteria for accreditation reflect a set of guiding values. In its evaluation process, HLC considers formal educational activities, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions, student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and institutional relationships with internal and external constituencies.

As part of their recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, HLC is required to assure that all member institutions are meeting their Title IV program responsibilities and are complying with U.S. Department of Education expectations and regulations through a federal compliance filing at the time of the comprehensive evaluation.

The Value of Accreditation

Accreditation provides public certification of acceptable institutional quality. It also provides institutions with the opportunity to undergo a process of critical self-analysis resulting in an opportunity for self -improvement. Although the term compliance is sometimes used synonymously with HLC and reaffirmation of accreditation, ultimately, the process is in place to promote continuous improvement.

Maintaining accreditation enables the university to be able to receive and distribute federal financial aid funds.  Also, accreditation is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credits.

Specialized Programmatic Accreditation

Athletic Training

Accredited by:  Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Last evaluation 2015-2016

Granted probationary status 2017

Next evaluation 2024-2025

Business

Accredited by:  Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Last evaluation 2012

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation 2022

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

Accredited by:  Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Last evaluation 2013

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation June/July 2020

Dietetics

Accredited by:  Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Last evaluation 2014

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation 2021

Education

Accredited by:  Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation

Last evaluation 2017

Granted probationary accreditation

Next evaluation 2019

Music

Accredited by:  National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Last evaluation 2012 

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation 2021-2022

Nursing

Accredited by:  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Last evaluation 2017

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation fall 2027

Seminary

Accredited by: The Association of Theological Schools/The Commission on Accreditation (ATS)

Last evaluation 2008 

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation 2018

Social Work

Accredited by:  Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Last evaluation 2010 

Granted reaffirmation of accreditation

Next evaluation 2019