Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Process
Institutions of higher education are accredited by agencies that determine if universities meet specific quality standards. UIC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which accredits colleges and universities in Illinois and 18 other states. UIC was first accredited in 1970 and most recently reaffirmed its accreditation in 2017.
UIC follows the HLC’s 10-year Open Pathway accreditation cycle. For the upcoming cycle, this will include:
- an assurance review in year 4 (2021)
- a Quality Initiative project in year 9 (2026) and
- a comprehensive evaluation in the final year (2027)