Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is accreditation?
Accreditation provides assurance that an institution has been found to meet, and will continue to meet, stated requirements and criteria. Accreditation also allows the institution to self-reflect towards continuous improvement.
2. What is the purpose of accreditation?
Only accredited institutions are eligible to receive federal funds for higher education, including student financial aid and research funds. Accreditation also ensures students the ability to transfer credits between accredited schools, and some graduate schools only accept students with degrees from accredited schools.
3. How long has K-State been accredited?
K-State has been accredited by the HLC since 1916.
4. Who accredits K-State?
K-State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
5. When is the HLC site visit?
The HLC site visit will occur April 9-11, 2012.
6. What does the HLC site visit entail?
K-State submits its Self-Study document, in addition to the Institutional Snapshot and Federal Compliance, approximately 8 weeks in advance of the site visit. The site visit team will visit campus (including Salina and Olathe) for three days. The team evaluates the Self-Study to the extent it fulfills the Criteria for Accreditation, and meets with various groups, including administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. The team provides a preliminary recommendation during the exit interview on the third day, with a final decision from the HLC Board presented in summer 2012.
7. What are the HLC Criteria for Accreditation?
Please refer to the HLC website.