AU Receives Full Decade of Reaccreditation

Anderson University has received formal notification of its reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, extending the university’s accreditation for 10 more years.  

The university met all criteria of the HLC. This includes mission, integrity, quality, resources, support, evaluation, improvement, and institutional effectiveness. The next reaffirmation of accreditation is scheduled for the 2028-29 academic year.

Over a year-and-a-half ago, AU began to write an assurance argument for the HLC to review. In February, a four-member team met with faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders, and the board of trustees to respond to the argument.

“We are so grateful for this positive confirmation of our hard work and professionalism,” said President John Pistole. “We strive to offer students an education that is distinctive, compelling, and relevant. The reaccreditation by the HLC affirms our efforts for our university community and those students and families considering AU.”

“It is clear that Anderson University is a mission-driven institution,” the HLC team concluded in their review. “AU has a strong commitment to serving not just the campus community but also the City of Anderson, Ind., the region, as well as global needs.”

“Everyone had a hand in making this happen, from writing and editing the assurance argument, collecting and refining data, to demonstrating genuine AU hospitality to the visiting team when they were on campus,” said Dr. Marie Morris, Provost.  “This is a proud moment for our entire campus community.”

The HLC requires institutions to undergo a comprehensive evaluation every 10 years. AU has been accredited by the HLC since 1946.  The commission, one of six accrediting bodies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis, accredits more than 1,000 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.