Minneapolis College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, one of 6 regional accrediting agencies in the U.S.

As stated by HLC, “Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.”

The HLC has three “pathways” an institution can follow to demonstrate institutional quality. All pathways require institutions to show that they meet the Criteria for Accreditation.

The 5 Criteria for Accreditation

  1. Criterion One. Mission: The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
  2. Criterion Two. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct. The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
  3. Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support. The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Comprehensive Quality Review Visit

Throughout the 2016-2017 Academic Year, Minneapolis College will provide opportunities for employees and students to learn more about accreditation and Minneapolis College’s upcoming Comprehensive Quality Review Visit March 20-22, 2017.

Download the Comprehensive Quality Review Visit FAQ

Contact Us
  • For information about accreditation at Minneapolis College, contact Jessica Shryack in Strategy, Planning and Accountability (SPA) at or 612-659-6527
  • For more information about accreditation, visit the Higher Learning Commission
  • Faculty and staff: Visit the SPA SharePoint site to review past AQIP action projects and the 2007 and 2011 Systems Portfolios

Program Accreditation