Universities and colleges in the United States obtain accreditation from non-governmental bodies that are recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education. Accreditation provides public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education uses accreditation as a basis for their determination of institutional eligibility for participating in various federally funded programs, including Title IV federal financial aid to students.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six regional associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that accredit institutions of higher education. The Higher Learning Commission accredits Northern Arizona University. Northern Arizona University’s accreditation is extended through 2027-2028.
Northern Arizona University participates in the Higher Learning Commission Open Pathways, which includes two processes: Quality Assurance and Quality Initiative. View the HLC reaccreditation efforts timeline.
Accreditation is the process for assuring and improving the quality of higher education
- Provides evidence to the public we are accountable for the services and programs we offer
- Allows the institution to receive Title IV — Financial Aid Funds
Specialized Accredited Programs
View the Academic Program Accreditations in the Academic Catalog.