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Statement of Accreditation Status

as of March 28, 2017

Webster University

470 E. Lockwood
St. Louis, MO 63119-3194
(314) 968-6900

*Previous names: Webster College to Webster University (1983)

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

Accreditation granted:01/01/1925

Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2007 - 2008

Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2017 - 2018

Upcoming or In-Progress Reviews

03/19/2018:Comprehensive Evaluation 

Most Recent History with the Commission

09/04/2008:Comprehensive Evaluations - Approved for Continued Accreditation 

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: Private NFP

Degree programs (number in each category): Bachelors (72), Masters (58), Specialist (4), Doctoral (2)

Certificate programs (number offered): 74

Off-Campus Activities (This listing was last updated: 02/21/2017; the information may not be current.) The institution’s accreditation includes courses and programs at:

In-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Mercy - Chesterfield, MO; Fort Leonard Wood - Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Kansas City - Kansas City, MO; Westport Plaza - Maryland Heights, MO; WingHaven Campus - O'Fallon, MO; Rolla Metropolitan - Rolla, MO; Centene Corporate Cohort - Saint Louis, MO; Barbara Jordan Elementary, University City School District - Saint Louis, MO; Webster University Gateway Campus - St Louis, MO; BJC - St. Louis, MO; SSM Health Care - St. Louis, MO; Scottrade - St. Louis, MO;
Out-of-State:   Campuses:   None.
    Additional Locations:   Andrews Air Force Base - Andrews AFB, MD; Henderson Hall - Arlington, VA; Wal-Mart - Bentonville, AR; Southern Maryland Higher Education Center - California, MD; MCB Camp Lejeune - Camp Lejeune, NC; Joint Base Charleston - Charleston AFB, SC; Colorado Springs Metropolitan - Colorado Springs, CO; Fort Jackson - Columbia, SC; Columbia Metropolitan - Columbia, SC; Rose Medical Center - Denver, CO; Los Angeles Air Force Base - El Segundo, CA; Fayetteville Metropolitan - Fayetteville, AR; Fort Bragg - Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Gordon - Fort Gordon, GA; Fort Leavenworth - Fort Leavenworth, KS; Fort Sill - Fort Sill, OK; Fort Smith Metropolitan - Fort Smith, AR; Fort Belvoir - Ft. Belvoir, VA; Fort Bliss - Ft. Bliss, TX; Joint Base San Antonio - Ft. Sam Houston - Ft. Sam Houston, TX; Fort Stewart - Ft. Stewart, GA; Great Lakes Naval Station - Great Lakes, IL; Greenville Metropolitan - Greenville, SC; Denver Metropolitan - Greenwood Village, CO; Hill Air Force Base - Hill AFB, UT; Hunter Army Airfield - Hunter AAF, GA; Irvine Metropolitan - Irvine, CA; Jacksonville Metropolitan - Jacksonville, FL; Naval Air Station Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL; Little Rock Air Force Base - Jacksonville, AR; Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland - Lackland AFB, TX; Lakeland Metropolitan - Lakeland, FL; Luke Air Force Base - Litchfield Park, AZ; Little Rock Metropolitan - Little Rock, AR; Louisville Metropolitan - Louisville, KY; MCAS New River - MCAS New River, NC; McConnell Air Force Base - McConnell AFB, KS; Melbourne/Palm Bay - Melbourne, FL; Space Coast Metropolitan - Merritt Island, FL; Memphis Naval Support Activity - Millington, TN; Myrtle Beach Metropolitan - Myrtle Beach, SC; Charleston Metropolitan - North Charleston, SC; Ocala Metropolitan - Ocala, FL; Orlando - Orlando, FL; Peterson Air Force Base - Peterson AFB, CO; Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph - Randolph AFB, TX; San Antonio Metropolitan Center - San Antonio, TX; Scott Air Force Base - Scott AFB, IL; Shaw Air Force Base - Shaw AFB, SC; St. John's Sheriff Department - St. Augustine, FL; Tampa Bay Metropolitan - St. Petersburg, FL; Tinker Air Force Base - Tinker AFB, OK; Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling - Washington, DC;
Out-of-U.S.:   Campuses:   Webster-Thailand - Cha-Am, Petchaburi, THAILAND; Webster-Geneva - Geneva, SWITZERLAND; Webster-Leiden - Leiden, NETHERLANDS; Webster - Vienna - Vienna, AUSTRIA;
    Additional Locations:   Webster University Ghana - Accra, GHANA; Webster Amsterdam - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS; Athens - Athens, GREECE; Webster Chengdu - Chengdu, Sichuan, CHINA; Shanghai International - Shanghai, CHINA; Bangkok Center - Yannawa, Bangkok, THAILAND;

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.