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WHAT IS ACCREDITATION AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Accreditation is a voluntary process of external review that evaluates programs, colleges and universities to ensure that they both provide high-quality education and services and continuously seek to improve. This process provides assurance to the public that UW-Platteville meets, and will continue to meet, clearly communicated criteria and regulations. Accreditation also ensures that faculty and students are eligible for federal grants and other funding.

The process of institutional accreditation includes annual oversight for compliance with state and federal government regulations and regular peer review, including an on-site evaluation. The peer review evaluates all aspects of the institution, including governance, business affairs, student affairs, teaching resources, and student learning. On-site review occurs in 10-year cycles; our most recent review occurred October 24-25, 2016.

WHO PROVIDES ACCREDITATION FOR THE UNIVERSITY?

The reviewing bodies are federally recognized national and regional private, non-profit accrediting agencies.  Congress regulates accreditation through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, which authorizes the Department of Education to implement the act and oversee disbursement of Title IV funding for financial aid. 

As an institution, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The Platteville Normal School, one of the founding institutions of UW-Platteville, was initially accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) from 1918-1922. This accreditation relationship has been maintained continuously through several institutional name changes since 1951.

Institutional Accreditation Committee

UW-Platteville's Institutional Accreditation Committee oversees and guides the comprehensive processes required to maintain UW-Platteville's accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), including HLC policies and process, continuous improvement, and support for Open Pathway Process. Learn more.

specialized accreditations

We also have programs that are individually accredited by the following discipline-specific accrediting bodies:

Program Name Last Accredited Accreditation Good Through
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 2014-2015 Sept. 2019
Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Nov. 2016 2019
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 2011-2012 2021-2022
Project Management Institute (PMI®), Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) Aug. 2015 July 2022

 

HLC: Contact Information

Contact Information

To submit feedback to the UW-Platteville Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee use the Contact Us page in this section.

 

 

 

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