Higher Learning Commission Reaffirms Accreditation of Valparaiso University

Valpo’s institutional accreditation status now extends through 2027–2028, as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has notified the University of its reaffirmation of accreditation. The HLC oversees for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states, including Indiana.

The notification comes at the conclusion of the HLC’s decennial comprehensive review of the University. The University’s self-study, called the assurance argument, addressed five accreditation criteria set by the HLC: the institution’s mission, its ethical and responsible conduct, the quality of its teaching and learning, its attention to improvement of teaching and learning and its ability to plan and effectively use resources. Valparaiso University met, without qualification, the standards of all five criteria and of all 21 subcriteria set by the HLC.

The comprehensive review culminated in November 2017 when a four-member peer review team visited the campus for two days and met with Valpo students, faculty, staff and administrators; members of the University’s Board of Directors; and leaders in the city of Valparaiso.

During the review, Valpo shared information about its more than 70 academic majors across five colleges; 50 semester and yearlong Study Abroad programs; and student outcomes, including a graduate placement rate that was 96 percent for 2015–2016 graduates and has exceeded 90 percent for 24 consecutive years. The average class size at Valpo is 20 students, and its student-faculty ratio is 13:1. One hundred percent of Valpo classes are taught by professors.

Since the last accreditation review in 2007, Valpo has:

Several University departments and colleges, especially those that offer programs that prepare students for specific professional careers, maintain program-specific accreditation, but it is the HLC that oversees the institution’s overall accreditation, without which none of the program-specific accreditations would be possible.

Those additional accreditations are for the College of Business (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), College of Engineering (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), College of Nursing and Health Professions (The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program for Valparaiso University are accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001; Phone: 202-887-6791]), Department of Education (Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation), Department of Music (National association of Schools of Music), Department of Social Work (Council on Social Work Education) and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).