Statement of HLC affiliation Status

The University of Kansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This institution has been continuously accredited since 1913. In addition, certain programs of the University have specialized accreditation. The website for the Higher Learning Commission provides information on institutions accredited by the Commission including KU's Statement of Affiliation and Organizational Profile.

Letter of Accreditation (pdf)

This letter from the Higher Learning Commission documents our accreditation status.

Institutional and Program Accreditation Status, Lawrence and Edwards Campuses (pdf)

Institutional and Program Accreditation Status, KUMC (pdf)

Faculty Credentials

A full list of tenured and tenure-track faculty and their academic credentials.

Upcoming Activities and Events

Open Pathway Process

In 2019, through the HLC Open Pathway process, KU will develop an Assurance Argument, propose a Quality Initiative, and host a site visit by a team of reviewers comprised of faculty and staff from other universities with similar missions.  

Multi-Location Visit

In Fall 2017, KU will develop a Multi-Location institutional Report for a sample of the institution's locations. The Multi-Location Report includes data about each selected location and explains its operations. The reviewer will meet with academic leaders, faculty, and students during the visit. The reviewer will look for evidence to assure the quality of KU's extended operations and the institution's capacity to maintain that quality.

Assurance Argument

As required by the HLC, KU will create an evidence-based Assurance Argument to demonstrate that we meet the five criteria for accreditation shown below. In the Argument, KU will document how we fulfill each Criterion.  A campus committee that includes faculty, students, and staff from across the university will be dedicated to constructing the Assurance Argument.  The committee will be formed and launched by the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs in Fall 2017.

Criterion One. Mission
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Criterion Two. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criterion Four. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criterion Five. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Quality Initiative

As part of the Open Pathway model, KU will also develop a Quality Initiative that addresses an academic issue of institutional importance. Proposals for the initiative will be announced and collected by the Office of Academic Affairs starting in Spring 2018.

HLC Accreditation & Prior Self-Studies

The University of Kansas went through a long accreditation process prior to our accreditation renewal in 2015. The process, materials, and reports are documented below.

2017 Multi-Location Visit Report

2017 Multi-Location Institutional Report

2015 HLC Accreditation/Self-Study website

2013 Multi-Location Visit Report

2013 Multi-Location Institutional Report

2005 HLC Accreditation/Self-Study website


Quick Links
Survey Calendar

February 19 - March 19, 2019
All KU students

Gathers information about students' experiences and campus sexual misconduct prevalence and responses.

  • UCelebrate Survey

March 25 - April 25, 2019
Sample of KU undergraduate students

Assesses the saturation and effectiveness of our social norms campaign, Jayhawk Buddy System while also gauging drinking behaviors, protective behaviors students use and negative consequences experienced while drinking.

  • National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

April 2019
Sample of KU students

Surveys students on their habits, behaviors, and perceptions of a broad range of health topics. These data provide essential information for the creation and evaluation of campus programs that promote health and student success. 

  • PhD Career Pathways Survey

Spring 2019
PhD students from select departments

Fall 2019

Collect data regarding the career pathways of PhDs that can be used to improve the educational experiences and career preparation of students.

  • KU Graduate Student Survey

Spring 2020
All graduate students

Collect information from graduate students about their experience at KU.

  • KU Senior Survey

Spring 2020
All seniors

Collect information about the student experience at KU from seniors.