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Institutional Accreditation

Wright State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). As part of maintaining accreditation, Wright State’s programs and processes are periodically reviewed to ensure institutional quality and integrity. Wright State recevied Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2016. 

The new Open Pathways accreditation process consists of the preparation and submission of an Assurance Argument and an Evidence File that demonstrate Wright State satisfies the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

Thank you to all who participated in the HLC visit on March 21 and 22, 2016. The results of the visit will be forthcoming.

In the new HLC accreditation processes, the HLC determines whether an institution may participate in the Open Pathway based on present condition and past relationship with the HLC and these requirements:

  • is accredited and has been accredited for at least ten years;
  • is not in the process of a change of control, structure or organization and has not undergone a change of control, structure, or organization within the last two years;
  • is not under Commission sanction or related action and has not been under Commission sanction or related action within the last five years;
  • does not have pending recommendations for a focused visit or extensive other monitoring and does not have a history of extensive Commission monitoring, including accreditation cycles shortened to seven or fewer years, multiple monitoring reports, and multiple focused visits extending across more than one accrediting cycle;
  • is not and has not been undergoing dynamic change (e.g., significant changes in enrollment or student body, opening or closing of multiple locations or campuses) or requiring frequent substantive change approvals since the last comprehensive evaluation;
  • is not and has not raised significant Commission concerns about circumstances or developments at the institution (e.g., ongoing leadership turnover, extensive review by a governmental agency, patterns identified in financial and non-financial indicators).

The Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation process ensures that each institution meets a set of established standards and is committed to continuous improvement of its programs and services. The Higher Learning Commission’s ten Guiding Values provide the foundation for the reaccreditation review.

The Criteria for Accreditation: Guiding Values