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University of Kansas Accreditation Review
Accreditation Materials and Reports
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

KU was granted a full 10-year accreditation, without stipulations, on June 24, 2005.

Statement of HLC Affiliation Status

Every ten years KU undergoes an extensive self-study to prepare for a university-wide re-accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Accreditation assures our students that their academic programs meet nationally recognized standards. Accreditation is also required in order for KU to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research.

During 2002-2004, a steering committee and working group led by Barbara Romzek, Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, worked on compiling the accomplishments of KU and assembling evidence that KU has met the five criteria for re-accreditation. The report paints a comprehensive picture of KU's many accomplishments and provides rich details on what makes KU truly distinctive.

A twelve-person team of consultant-evaluators made up of faculty from other research universities visited the KU campuses from January 31-February 2, 2005, and recommended a full 10-year re-accreditation. The team's recommendation was acted on by the Institutional Actions Council and validated by the Commission Board of Trustees in June of 2005.

Below are links to copies of accreditation documents including the evaluation team reports, the Self-Study report, a briefing document, and a paper on the accreditation process presented at the 2005 Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting.

Updated September 5, 2006



HLC Affiliation Status

EVALUATION TEAM REPORTS (received April 2005)

Assurance Section

Advancement Section


Making the Shoe Fit: The New HLC Accreditation Criteria and Research Universities

Higher Learning Commission Annual Meeting - April 5, 2005
Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum - May 16, 2006


NCA Visit Briefing Document (01/20/2005)

  • Common Questions and Answers about Accreditation
  • Details on KU Statements, Policies, and Processes
  • Executive Summary of Self-Study Report


Complete Self-Study Report

  • University Overview
    • Introduction to KU
    • KU Structures
    • Significant Changes
    • Response to 1994 Concerns
    • Future Directions
  • Executive Summary of Accreditation Criteria
  • Criterion 1: Mission and Integrity
  • Criterion 2: Preparing for the Future
  • Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching
  • Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery,and Application of Knowledge
  • Criterion 5: Engagement and Service


Academic Unit Profiles

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Allied Health
  • School of Architecture and Urban Design
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Welfare

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