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Institutional Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation at Creighton

The institutional accreditation process evaluates the ability of an entire institution to meet its overall mission by evaluating the educational activities of an institution as well as the university's governance and administrative structure, financial viability, student support services, human resources, the student learning environment, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies. 

Higher Learning Commission

Original Review: 1917
Last Review: 2017
Next Review:  2026-2027

Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits an institution versus any specialized program within an institution (e.g., law, nursing, business).  To this end, HLC adopted five Criteria for Accreditation and Core Components to inform the Commission's decisions regarding an institution's ability to meet the standards necessary for accreditation.  These five criteria address:

(1) Mission
(2) Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
(3) Teaching-Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
(4) Teaching-Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
(5) Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

Pathways: The Open Pathway

The HLC has developed a model for continued accreditation through a program called Pathways. Pathways proposes to separate the continued accreditation process carried out through PEAQ into two components: the assurance process and the improvement process.

Creighton has selected the Open Pathway. The Open Pathway separates the continued accreditation process into two components: the Assurance Review and the Quality Initiative.  Learn more about the HLC Pathways Process.

For specific inquiries about the University's affiliation with HLC, please contact: Dr. Gail Jensen, Liaison to HLC at 402.280.3727 or at