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 Oct. 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.
At UW-Platteville, we have programs that are individually accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies, including the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). As an institution, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Platteville Normal School, one of the founding institutions of UW-Platteville, was initially accredited by the NCA from 1918-1922. Subsequent accreditation through several name changes has been granted continuously by the NCA since 1951.