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IUPUI accreditation continued for 10 years

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, including its Columbus regional education center, has received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools through 2022-23. The Higher Learning Commission is an independent organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

In its accreditation report, the commission said, IUPUI “operates with integrity,” has “created an excellent learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students,” has “a unique and strong commitment to civic engagement, which permeates all aspects of the Institution and serves its constituents and communities in mutually beneficial ways,” and has a leadership team with “great forward vision in advancing the Institution.”

The accreditation report also noted that:

*  IUPUI is seen as an innovator and a national leader in general education and in the growing effort to teach students skills that encourage lifelong learning.

*  IUPUI has made a concentrated effort in the past 10 years to improve the learning environment at the campus; noteworthy results include the Campus Center, University Library, information technology resources and support services to increase student success, retention and graduation.

*  IUPUI provides valuable services, civic engagement and program projects to the city of Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

*  IUPUI has national stature and is known for strengths in teaching, learning, assessment, first-year experiences, service learning and community engagement.

As a part of the reaffirmation process, IUPUI sought comments that addressed substantive matters related to the quality of the institution and its academic programs. In November, it hosted a team of Higher Learning Commission evaluators who closely examined all aspects of campus operations. Additionally, IUPUI engaged in a voluntary, extensive four-year self-study that resulted in an extensive online report for the visiting team to review.

“My thanks to the campus and the Indianapolis community for their time, transparency and participation in the comprehensive self-study and to the HLC’s site visit last fall,” said IUPUI Chancellor and IU Executive Vice President Charles R. Bantz. “The site visit report is extremely complimentary to IUPUI’s progress. We are gratified to have received the official notification of our continued accreditation and remain committed to continuous improvement of teaching, research and community engagement.”

IUPUI has been accredited by the commission since 1972 and is reviewed every 10 years for reaffirmation of accreditation. The Higher Learning Commission accredits about 1,100 institutions of higher learning in a 19-state region, including Indiana.

The commission’s letter announcing IUPUI’s continued accreditation and the comprehensive report on last fall’s visit are available on the IUPUI 2012 accreditation Web page.