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K-State accreditation continued, confirming university strengths, quality

Tuesday, July 19, 2022


The Higher Learning Commission has renewed Kansas State University's accreditation for the next decade.



MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's accreditation has been renewed for the next decade by the Higher Learning Commission, or HLC, which has notified the university that it has met all criteria for continued accreditation.

K-State has now been continuously accredited since 1916. The renewal comes after the commission completed a comprehensive accreditation review of the university, which culminated with a campus visit by a seven-member peer review team in April.

"The feedback from the HLC peer review team is a great testimony to confirm the strengths and quality of K-State’s faculty and staff, and the education programs and services the university offers to our students," said Chuck Taber, K-State provost and executive vice president. "Building on the foundation and success of K-State 2025 and with multiple initiatives launched/planned right before and after the arrival of President Linton, including the forthcoming new round of strategic planning activities, K-State is taking solid strides to become a more student success-centered and eminent land-grant research university."

Highlights from the HLC peer reviewers include:

• K-State lives out its land-grant mission and is fully committed to serving the public good.

• K-State offers many opportunities that recognize and value diversity.

• K-State is focused on the success of students, especially undergraduates, as an important way of fulfilling its mission.

• K-State supports creative development of new ideas and courses that represent the changing world.

• Research is a strength for K-State, with growth in recent years and considerable investments in physical and administrative infrastructure.

• K-State presented an impressive level of mutual regard, trust and communication among shared governance groups and administration.

• K-State mounted an effective response to the COVID pandemic, demonstrating its resilience and ability to take on challenges and opportunities.

"I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped and supported preparation for the accreditation review," Taber said.

K-State's next comprehensive accreditation review will be in 2032, with a fourth-year remote review by the HLC set for 2026.


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