HLC is one of six regional accrediting organizations for degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the United States. It serves as the accrediting body for higher education in 19 states ranging from Arizona to Wyoming and from Indiana to Colorado. The University of Nebraska Omaha has been accredited continuously by HLC (and its forerunner, the North Central Association) since 1939.
HLC accreditation applies to the entire institution. It includes all programs and all locations.
The Higher Learning Commission accreditation process in which UNO participates is entitled the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Pathway. At the university level, the quality improvement process is led by the AQIP Steering Committee.
Institutional accreditation is important for various reasons. It provides quality assurance for prospective students, the public, and elected officials. As such, accreditation status is highly valued. Accreditation is also a necessary prerequisite for institutional participation in the federal student financial assistance program.
Institutional accreditation is reviewed on a regular cycle, usually every eight to ten years. UNO’s most recent application review took place in 2010, and the next application will be reviewed in 2018. However, accreditation is an on-going process.
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In addition to the institutional accreditation, many UNO academic programs have sought and been awarded accreditation specific to their degree offerings. Accredited programs meet rigorous standards of academic quality.
These standards include factors such as professional attainments of faculty; quality of research; library holdings; physical facilities; and general funding support for the respective programs. As a result, students can be assured their educational experiences at UNO will meet high standards of quality.
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Student Right to Know Act
In accordance with Student Right to Know and Campus Security guidelines, UNO is pleased to offer quick and easy access to data on tuition/fees, enrollment, faculty, graduation rates, campus safety, and other important topics.
This data is summarized in the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator profile. Click here for more information and direct access to the data.