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Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Its core mission is to advance the quality of higher education by ensuring the reliability of accredited institutions through rigorous evaluation standards and processes. Accreditation by the HLC validates the quality and integrity of an institution's academic programs, governance, and resources, facilitating pathways for students to transfer credits and ensuring eligibility for federal funding. This recognition is crucial as it affects a university's reputation, influencing student enrollment, faculty recruitment, and the value of degrees offered. HLC accreditation is not only a mark of quality and a measure of accountability but also a critical tool for educational institutions to evaluate and enhance their performance continually. HLC evaluates institutions based on the five criterion listed below.

Criterion I. Mission
Criterion II. Integrity: Ethical & Responsible Conduct
Criterion III. Teaching & Learning: Quality, Resources, & Support
Criterion IV. Teaching & Learning: Evaluation & Improvement
Criterion V. Institutional Effectiveness, Resources & Planning

2024 HLC Peer Review Visit

A team of peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission were on campus on April 22 and April 23, 2024 as part of our 10-year accreditation visit. This is an important part of our evaluation process that supports our continuous improvement as a university and ensures that we continue to qualify for federal financial aid and grants. As part of the preparation for this process, we provided the team with a comprehensive self-study of SVSU. You can see a summary of this self-study (called the “Assurance Argument”) here: Higher Learning Commission Assurance Argument Executive Summary (157KB)


2004 Self Study Report (PDF)
HLC Monitoring Report 2006 (PDF)
2014 HLC Self Study Report (PDF)
2018 SVSU HLC Assurance Argument (PDF)
HLC Interim Report 2020 (PDF)
2024 SVSU HLC Assurance Argument


Brian Thomas
Wickes Hall 333