Accreditation is the process whereby an outside organization certifies a college or university as meeting certain requirements of excellence. Accreditation is an important “stamp of approval.” Accredited colleges and universities have proven to their peers that they are deeply committed to educational quality and improvement.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states. The mission of the Higher Learning Commission is to "serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning."

There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Here are a few of them:

  • Quality Education: accredited colleges and universities deliver high quality educational programs.
  • Financial Aid: accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
  • Transfer: most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited school.
  • Graduate School: most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited schools.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

ABET, recognized by the Higher Learning Commission, is the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.   It is a federation of more than 25 professional and technical societies representing these fields.  Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in high education for over 70 years.  College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) programs listed under ABET in this Accreditation section are listed by the ABET Commission which accredits that discipline. To learn more visit ABET.

The CEAS Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council on Construction Education, (ACCE), which accredits construction education programs offered by colleges and universities. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science and construction management and construction technology. Visit ACCE.

The UC website provides a comprehensive look at UC’s self-study that led to reaccreditation. Material referencing HLC is taken directly from the UC site.