Office of Academic Assessment

Accreditation

UW-Whitewater is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accrediting that ensures educational quality for post-secondary institutions in 19 states. HLC does an in-depth evaluation of our mission, integrity,  quality of instruction,  processes for evaluating and improving teaching and learning, and our overall institutional effectiveness, resources, and planning. HLC accreditation is very important for our campus, impacting things such as how we use our budget, transfer credits, and access to federal funds ---, including student loans.

UW-Whitewater’s last HLC review was in 2015-16. The review was very positive  and resulted in full reaccreditation.

Quality of student learning assessment is one of the key factors considered in the accreditation process.  Throughout our most recent review, the quality of our assessment processes and widespread involvement of faculty, staff, and students from across campus were noted as strengths.

For further details, you may review the HLC’s accreditation process as well as the Final Accreditation Report and the Assurance Argument from the 2015-16 visit, and the  UW-Whitewater HLC 4th year Assurance Argument.

HLC will again review UW-Whitewater in 2025-26.

In between  10 th year reviews, the university provides official updates (see figure below; UW-Whitewater is on HLC’s Open Pathway for accreditation)

Ten-Year Cycle for HLC’s Open Pathway

 

Program/Unit Accreditation

In addition to university-wide accreditation, several programs or units are also approved by discipline-specific accrediting Bodies. Program-level accrediting agencies provide guidelines for content to cover, the kinds and level of instruction expected, practical experiences students should gain, instructor-to-student ratios, and instructor training and preparation.

Below is a full list of the programs or units and respective review dates.

Current Program and Unit Accreditations

Accrediting Agency

Academic Year of Last Review

Academic Year of Next Review

Art

National Association of Schools of Art & Design

2019-2020

2024-2025

College of Business and Economics

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

2018-2019

2023-2024

Chemistry

American Chemical Society

2016-2017

2021-2022

Communication Sciences and Disorders

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2013-2014

2021-2022

Counseling: MS

Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

2019-2020

2024-2025

Music

National Association of Schools of Music

2011-2012

2022-2023

Occupational Safety

ABET: Applied Science Accreditation Commission

2015-2016

2021-2022

School Psychology

National Association of School Psychologists

2017-2018

2022-2023

Social Work: BA/BS

Council on Social Work Education

2018-2019

2023-2014

Social Work: MSW

Council on Social Work Education

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2023-2024

Theatre

National Association of Schools of Theatre

2018-2019

2020-2021

Overall University HLC Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

2015-2016

2022-2023


Location

Office of Academic Assessment
450 Heide Hall 
800 West Main Street 
Whitewater, WI 53190 

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM

 

Contact US

Phone: 262-472-1806

Emailassessment@uww.edu

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