University Accreditation

UW-Stout is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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

Program Accreditation

UW-Stout degree programs are accredited by program-specific accrediting agencies as detailed on the Accreditation and External Program Evaluation page.

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Open Pathway

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.

Invitation for Public Comment 

The University of Wisconsin-Stout invites comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

UW-Stout will host a visit March 28-29, 2016, from a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. The university has been accredited by the Commission since 1928. The team will review the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation. 

The public may submit written comments regarding UW-Stout to: 

Third-Party Comment on the University of Wisconsin-Stout
The Higher Learning Commission 
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 
Chicago, IL 60604-1411 

The public may also submit comments through the Commission's website at A direct link to the third-party comment page is:

Comments must be in writing and address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. All comments must be received by March 27, 2016.

HLC Visit

On March 28 & 29, HLC reviewers will visit UW-Stout to meet with faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders and determine whether UW-Stout continues to meet the criteria for accreditation.

Visit Schedule - DRAFT 

Site Visit Forums

Forum on Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visit 

An open forum addressing the upcoming campus visit by the HLC accreditation review team will be held in mid-March (date and time TBD). 

The forum will cover:

  • The March visit schedule
  • What to expect during the visit
  • Potential areas of concern
  • UW-Stout's HLC quality initiative
The forums will also provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions about the visit and the accreditation process. 

Date and Time: 

  • TBD 

Memorial Student Center 


For more information contact: 

Meridith Drzakowski, ext. 5308