Criteria for Accreditation

Missouri S&T Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Criteria for Accreditation

What are the criteria?

The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which the Commission determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. There are five criteria listed below, and core components for each area can be found on the HLC policy website here.

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

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible. 

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

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.

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.