HLC Accreditation: Open Pathway

UW-stout is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

In September 2012, the University of Wisconsin-Stout transitioned from the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), to the Open Pathway model of accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

The Open Pathway seeks to achieve the following goals.

  • To enhance institutional value by opening the improvement aspect of accreditation so that institutions may choose Quality Initiatives to suit their current circumstances
  • To reduce the reporting burden on institutions by utilizing as much information and data as possible from existing institutional processes and collecting them in electronic form as they naturally occur over time
  • To enhance rigor by checking institutional data annually (Institutional Update) and conducting Assurance Reviews twice in the ten-year cycle
  • To integrate as much as possible all HLC processes and HLC requests for data into the reaffirmation of accreditation cycle.


Please click on the Higher Learning Commission graphic to go directly to UW-Stout's accreditation information on the Commission's Web site.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation