Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains a certain level of standards required of their graduates, either to gain admission to other institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice in a chosen field. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency. The primary benefits of institutional accreditation include:
- The Federal Government limits federal financial aid to students enrolled institutions that are accredited by one of the nationally recognized accreditors
- Many graduate and professional schools only admit students who graduated from an accredited institution
- Many higher education institutions only accept transfer credits from accredited institutions
The University of Nebraska-Medical Center (UNMC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). UNMC has been continuously accredited since 1913. The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for coordinating University efforts to prepare for the accrediting agency’s periodic site visits and reviews. The university last underwent a comprehensive self-study and site visit during the 2006-07 academic year. Currently, teams are in the process of building a comprehensive self-study for the next comprehensive HLC evaluation, in 2016-17.
Please use the menu at left to access more information about preparations for re-accreditation 2016-2017.
UNMC's Statement of Affiliation Status (confirmation of accreditation) can be accessed on the Higher Learning Commission's website.