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Higher Learning Commission [HLC] Accreditation

IU South Bend is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC reviews colleges and universities every 10 years to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria for accreditation through a peer review process. Accreditation affects many aspects of the university, including financial aid eligibility, course transfers, and the overall value of a degree. IU South Bend will be reviewed for reaffirmation of accreditation during the Fall semester of 2017.

On February 24, 2012, the Commission Board of Trustees adopted new Criteria for Accreditation, Assumed Practices, and Obligations of Affiliation. They are effective for all institutions as of January 1, 2013.

The five criterion are:

  1. Mission
  2. Integrity: Ethical and responsible conduct
  3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
  4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  5. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness