The Importance of Accreditation
Colorado State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) since 1925.
Institutional accreditation by the HLC, also known as regional accreditation, provides assurance to prospective students and other constituents that course credits and degrees earned from the institution meet quality standards. Accreditation is a requirement for federal financial aid and may be a requirement for some employment opportunities, professional licensure, and graduate education.
CSU has selected to participate in the Open Pathway; one of three options institutions have with HLC to maintain accreditation. It follows a 10-year cycle and, like all pathways, is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The process includes regular monitoring, an assurance review in year 4, completion of a quality initiative in years 5-9 and a comprehensive evaluation in year 10.
All academic and professional degrees and all course credits earned at CSU are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, many of CSU’s academic programs are accredited through professional organizations in their disciplines.
The current Specialized Accreditation Schedule provides a listing of accredited programs as well as the corresponding date for re-accreditation.
CSU seeks accreditation / certification of several non-degree programs and operational units to ensure that these operations comply with best practices.
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) – Animal Care Program
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care – CSU Health Network
Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police – CSU Police Department
Academy for Early Children Center Accreditation (NAEYC) – Early Childhood Center
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation – Intensive English Program
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – Itercollegiate Athletics
American Psychological Association – Internship Program in Counseling Services
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) – Residency Program: Large and Small Animal Surgery, Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) – Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories (Fort Collins, Rocky Ford, Western Slope branches)