Indiana University Southeast is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional bodies legally qualified to grant accreditation to colleges and universities. IU Southeast was first accredited on July 25, 1965, and has consistently maintained its status over its decades of service to its communities.
Being regionally accredited has multiple benefits for the communities we serve. It is a quality-control mechanism that ensures the value and transferability of our courses and degree programs, as well as standards for best practices and ethical responsibilities as an institution of higher learning. Being regionally accredited also allows IU Southeast to disburse federal financial aid.
In order to maintain our status, we must continue to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, which cover a variety of university operations and responsibilities:
To maintain our accreditation status, IU Southeast must complete a series of reaffirmation efforts that include 1. Reviewing the Criteria for Accreditation, 2. Drafting an Assurance Argument demonstrating that the campus meets those Criteria, 3. Collecting and submitting evidence supporting compliance, and 4. Undergoing an on-campus review by a team of HLC peer reviewers. As part of the Standard Pathway for reaffirmation, IU Southeast must complete this process twice within every 10-year period, one in year 4 and the other in year 10, with formal reaffirmation happening at the end of the ten-year cycle. For additional information on this process, please see HLC Pathways for Reaffirmation of Accreditation.
IU Southeast is scheduled to complete its next comprehensive evaluations in 2024 and 2030.
Everyone's Voice Matters
IU Southeast, through its multifaceted mission and vision, serves stakeholders from a variety of communities, including our campus, local, and global communities. As part of the reaffirmation process, we want (and are expected to) seek out input and feedback from the communities we serve. Everyone’s voice matters in this process, and the Accreditation Steering Committee strongly encourages everyone to read its living draft of the campus’ Assurance Argument and to offer comments, suggestions, and feedback to help strengthen not only our case for accreditation but also our commitment to fulfill our Mission, Vision, and Values.