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On July 9, 2018, Highlands University was formally removed from probationary status by the Higher Learning Commission. The entire Highlands community worked together to address the areas of concern specified by the HLC that led to our probationary status. The university now has the opportunity to develop new programs and initiatives to guide us into a new and positive future.

However, in their final report removing the university from probation, the HLC did indicate three areas of continuing concern. In order to address these three areas of concern, the university will host a focused visit from the HLC during the 2019-20 academic year (most likely spring 2020). A focused visit basically consists of a small team of peer reviewers who will visit Highlands to determine whether the university has fully and appropriately addressed those three areas of concern. Along with the focused visit, the university will be expected to produce a monitoring report for each of the three areas of concern.

In order to prepare for the focused visit and to draft the monitoring report, we have formed a steering committee to guide the university through the general process. Additionally, we have formed a sub-committee for each of the three areas of concern to ensure that we have provided adequate documentation to address each area.

If you have any questions about the focused visit, or are interested in serving on one of the sub-committees, please contact Lee Allard, the HLC liaison for Highlands University, at

Accreditation Overview

Highlands University is fully accredited by and in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and universities that have a home base in one of 19 states that stretch from West Virginia to Arizona. HLC is a private, nonprofit regional accrediting agency.

HLC’s mission is to assure and advance the quality of higher learning. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The institutions HLC accredits include public, private not-for-profit, and proprietary institutions at degree levels from the associate’s through the doctoral degree level and from small, specialized institutions through large research universities.

Faculty, staff, students, parents, and others from the general public with questions regarding HLC’s work should contact the Higher Learning Commission by email at or by phone at 312-263-0456.

For Highlands specific questions, please contact us at

For further information about prior accreditation activities, including our 2017-18 Assurance Argument, please click here.

For information about program level accreditation, please refer to the OIER website.