The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years. The Commission, which oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states, announced its decision this week.
“This affirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission is important because it validates the continued strength of the institution and acknowledges the hard work of our faculty and staff,” said Drake University Provost Sue Mattison.
A report by the HLC’s accreditation team noted Drake’s reputation as a mission-driven university with strong academic programs, committed faculty and staff, as well as sound and transparent fiscal stewardship. The team also highlighted Drake’s commitment to fostering greater equity and inclusion on campus.
The HLC’s decision comes as the successful result of a multi-year effort on Drake’s campus, led by Craig Owens, professor and department chair of English, and Kevin Saunders, director of institutional research and academic assessment. Hundreds of members of the Drake community participated in the review process, which included a campus visit by the commission’s review team in October 2017.
Drake University has been continuously accredited since 1913. Since the reorganization of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2000, Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 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.
Drake will next be considered for reaffirmation of accreditation in 10 years, the maximum period between reviews that is available to institutions.