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First 100% online state institution in United States achieves maximum 10-year regional reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission

Greenwood Village, CO -Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), following a comprehensive two-year evaluation including self-study, review, and a site visit that concluded in May 2016. The reaffirmation of accreditation has been granted through 2025-2026, and did not include provisional monitoring requirements. The university received its initial accreditation by the HLC in June 2011, having previously operated under extended accreditation of the Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Colorado State University-Pueblo since first enrolling students in 2008.

“Our HLC accreditation represents CSU Global’s collective ability to validate the quality and integrity of our academic programs and our effective work with students leading to their academic and workplace success. With the affirmation of accreditation, the university’s mission and vision as supported by the CSU System Board of Governors, will continue to serve nontraditional students in Colorado and beyond.” said Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, CSU Global president.

The HLC reaffirmation process provides opportunities for continuous improvement of existing programs and processes. In affirming the accreditation, HLC peer reviewers examined university data, documentation, and participated in first-hand observation during the university’s site visit in February.

The HLC is one of the regional accreditation agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities. Criteria for HLC accreditation apply the Commission’s standards of quality for institutional demonstration of 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.

“Reaffirming our reaccreditation for the next 10 years – the maximum timeframe allowed — is a testament to the work of our incredible faculty and staff and helps validate that our programs are of the highest academic quality,” said Dr. Karen Ferguson, Provost and Executive Vice President.

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