Open Illinois at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Accredited since 1913

Accreditation Overview

From Council for Higher Education Accreditation—CHEA - Ten Ways Accreditation Serves

“Accreditation” is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. Active for the past 100 years, this private, voluntary system of self-examination and peer review has been central to the creation of a US higher education enterprise that is outstanding in many respects.

About the Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in a 19-state region of the United States, including our university. Institutions must seek reaffirmation of accreditation on a 10-year cycle, and we are working toward a March 30, 2020, on-site visit that should reaffirm our accreditation.

Criteria for Accreditation:

Criterion One. Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Criterion Two. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criterion Four. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criterion Five. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.