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as of October 26, 2016

Arizona State University

PO Box 2203
P.O. Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705
(480) 965-2100

*Previous names: Arizona State Teachers College to Arizona State College at Tempe (1945) to Arizona State University (1959)

The information on this page describes the accreditation relationship between this institution and the Higher Learning Commission. General information about the Commission and the accreditation process is provided at the end of this document. In addition, links to definitions are provided for many of the terms used.

Accreditation Information

Current status: Accredited
     • Public Disclosure Notice (PDF)

Accreditation granted:01/01/1931

Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2013 - 2014
     • Action Letter (PDF)

Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2022 - 2023

Upcoming or In-Progress Reviews

08/07/2017:Assurance Review 
2022 - 2023:Comprehensive Evaluation 

Most Recent History with the Commission

07/27/2015:Focused VisitAccepted
09/25/2013:Reaffirmation of Accreditation  
07/11/2007:Focused Evaluations - Institution's Requestnew degree site

General Institutional Information

This section provides brief, general information about the institution’s organization and scope. The information is self-reported by the institution through the annual Institutional Update to the Commission. Additional information can be found at nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ or on the institution’s web site noted above.

Control: Public

Degree programs (number in each category): Bachelors (186), Masters (185), Doctoral (105)

Certificate programs (number offered): 163

Off-Campus Activities (This listing was last updated: 07/18/2016; the information may not be current.) The institution’s accreditation includes courses and programs at:

In-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Central Arizona College - Coolidge, AZ; El Mirage Elementary School (Dysart site) - El Mirage, AZ; Flagstaff - Flagstaff, AZ; Ganado Middle School (Ganado Unified School District) - Ganado, AZ; ASU at the West Campus - Glendale, AZ; Mirage School (Deer Valley School District) - Glendale, AZ; Sonoran Sky Elementary (Pendergast PDS Site) - Glendale, AZ; Thunderbird School of Global Management - Glendale, AZ; Lake Havasu - Lake Havasu City, AZ; ASU at the Polytechnic Campus - Mesa, AZ; Mayo Clinic Hospital - Phoenix, AZ; Longview School - Phoenix, AZ; ASU at the Downtown Phoenix Campus - Phoenix, AZ; Phoenix College (Phoenix Metro Area) - Phoenix, AZ; San Carlos Unified School District - San Carlos, AZ; Gadsden Jr. High School (San Luis PDS Site) - San Luis, AZ; SkySong - Scottsdale, AZ; Eastern Arizona College - Thatcher, AZ; Tucson - Tucson, AZ; Sunnyside Unified School District (Esperanza Elem School) - Tucson, AZ; Navajo Education Building - Window Rock, AZ; Arizona Western College - Yuma, AZ;
Out-of-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   The McCain Institute of International Leadership - Washington, DC;
Out-of-U.S.:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Shanghai - Shanghai, CHINA; Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance - Shanghai, CHINA;

About HLC and Accreditation

Institutions of higher education in the United States seek accreditation through two types of accreditation agencies, institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation agencies are classified as regional and national.

National accreditation associations focus on certain types of colleges such as trade and technical institutions, or religious colleges such as seminaries and bible colleges.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the U.S. in which regional agencies operate. The regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities.

Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions that HLC accredits are evaluated against HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status.

HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation reflect a set of guiding values. The accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. Approximately 1,300 educators from institutions of higher education serve as peer reviewers conducting accreditation evaluations for other institutions. Peer reviewers also serve on committees that make up the decision-making bodies of the accreditation process.

Evaluation Process
HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. In addition, all institution’s are required to complete an annual filing of the Institutional Update, undergo annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators, and adhere to HLC policies and practices on institutional change.

Peer reviewers trained in HLC’s standards evaluate institution’s demonstration of whether they meet the Criteria for Accreditation and make recommendations to HLC’s decision-making bodies.

Institutional Actions Council (Decision-Making Body)
The Board of Trustees appoints and authorizes members of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) to conduct reviews and take actions on the majority of accreditation recommendations. IAC members consist of representatives of academic institutions accredited by HLC, as well as members of the public. Detailed information on IAC processes is found in HLC’s policies on decision-making.

Public Information
In the interest of being transparent, HLC is committed to providing information to the public regarding accreditation decisions made regarding individual institutions.

Actions that are taken by HLC regarding an institution’s accreditation status are disclosed to the public. Beginning July 2013, in all cases of issuing continued accreditation, placing an institution on or resolving a sanction, or withdrawing accreditation, the Action Letter issued to the institution is made available for viewing and the institution’s status in HLC’s online directory is updated. Public Disclosure Notices are also issued in cases of sanction to provide the public more detail of the issues leading to sanction.

Complaints Against HLC Accredited Institutions
Each year, HLC receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students, and other parties. HLC has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, HLC forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. HLC may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.