The University of Iowa

Office of the Provost Prepares for Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

The University of Iowa has been accredited since 1913 by its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The university received its last comprehensive HLC review in 2008.  Since that time, HLC has revised its review process, creating what it calls its “Open Pathway Process,” which focuses on quality assurance and follows a ten-year review cycle.

The Office of the Provost has begun preparation for the university’s next comprehensive HLC review, which will culminate with a campus visit by peer reviewers on March 25-26, 2019.   The preparation will be a campus-wide effort, coordinated by Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College Lon Moeller, who serves as the University’s accreditation liaison officer with the HLC.  The work will focus on compiling a report (the “Assurance Argument”) that demonstrates how the University of Iowa fulfills the five accreditation criteria established by HLC:

  • Mission;
  • Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct;
  • Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support;
  • Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; and
  • Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.

All members of the University of Iowa community will have the opportunity to participate in different ways throughout this process.  For more detailed information and updates on the accreditation process, please visit our website: