Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013.

Higher Learning Commission [HLC] accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. In addition, all institutions are required to complete an annual filing of the Institutional Update, undergo annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators, and adhere to HLC policies and practices on institutional change.

Data Collection
All institutional data, used in accreditation reports (initial self-studies, continuing self-studies, annual updates, etc.), must be verified by the Office of Institutional Research (IR). Requests for institutional data from IR can be requested using the IR Data Request Form.

Please note that requests for institutional data from IR could take two weeks to fulfill depending on the complexity of the data request, availability of data, and capacity/activities within the IR office.  Adequate time should be allowed so that data can be incorporated and used by the unit/program in completing the accreditation self-study/report.

Reports: Initial Self-Studies, Continuing Self-Studies, & Annual Updates
Accreditation reports and evidence files must be shared with the VPIE at least one month before they are due to accreditation agencies.  After accreditation reports and evidence files have been reviewed by the VPIE, the Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator is responsible for uploading all accreditation materials (self-study/report and evidence files).

Please note that some accreditation systems require multiple institutional contacts (the President, Provost, Dean, Institutional Research Representative, etc.) to sign off on the submitted materials.  If this is the case, more time may be needed to review the file.  The President and/or Provost will not sign off on submitted materials for accreditation until review from the VPIE is completed.

Team Visits
The Unit/Program Accreditation Liaison/Coordinator is responsible for coordinating accreditation team visits, scheduling the visit with the necessary institutional contacts (the President, Provost, etc.) and informing the VPIE of the accreditation schedule.

Please note that accreditation team visits with the President and/or Provost will not be confirmed unless the VPIE has reviewed submitted accreditation reports and evidence files.

If you have any questions about Accreditation at BGSU, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Julie Matuga, HLC Institutional Liaison and Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness or Ginny Minnick, Compliance Analyst.


Important Links:

Click here for BGSU's Accreditation Guidelines

BGSU currently has 72 programs accredited by the following bodies:

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - ABET

American Council for Construction Education - ACCE

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications - ACEJMC

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics - ACEND

American Psychological Association - APA

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering - ATMAE

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology - CAA of ASHA

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education - CAATE

Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs - CACREP

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation - CAEP

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - CCNE

Council on Education for Public Health - CEPH

Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs - CoAES-CAAHEP

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions - COAPRT

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care - CoARC

Commission on Sport Management Accreditation - COSMA

Council on Social Work Education - CSWE

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences - NAACLS

National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards - NAB

National Association of Schools of Art and Design - NASAD

National Association of Schools of Music - NASM

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration - NASPAA

National Association of Schools of Theatre - NAST

National Council on Family Relations - NCFR