The University of Wisconsin - Superior is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Being accredited by the HLC is a sign of quality to the general public that also allows the university to receive federal student aid and scholarship money. UW-Superior has been accredited continuously since 1916.
Accreditation by the HLC and by other nationally recognized agencies provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.
UW-Superior earns and maintains its accreditation by periodically undergoing a detailed, rigorous self-study process, which examines the organization's performance, goals, strengths and weaknesses and outlines plans for improvement. A team of HLC evaluators then conducts a site visit and issues its recommendations for re-accreditation.
UW-Superior reaffirmed its accreditation with a comprehensive Campus Self-Study in 2013. A successful 4-year site visit reaffirmation, which included submitting an assurance argument and hosting peer reviewers for a site visit, occurred in April of 2017.
Academic program accreditations
Individual academic programs and departments are accredited or approved, as noted: