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Accreditation and Memberships 

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is approved by the Louisiana Higher Education Board, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, and the Iowa Department of Education (for teacher education in Iowa only). The programs offered are approved by the states of Iowa, Kansas (restricted), Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin for veterans’ benefits.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
800.621.7440

 

Accreditation Update

As a valued current or future member of our Upper Iowa University family, we want to make you aware of an issue we’ve been working through with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). UIU remains accreditedplease click here for additional accreditation update information.

Complaints Against an Affiliated Institution

Each year, the Commission receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students, and other parties. The Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution's ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, the Commission forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. The Commission may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.

Instructions for filing a complaint via the Higher Learning Commission: https://www.hlcommission.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html


Upper Iowa University is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative. SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Upper Iowa University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Upper Iowa University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 and 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to other institutions.

Upper Iowa University is registered in Maryland.

Upper Iowa University has been granted authority to operate and grant degrees in the Fox Valley Region by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Upper Iowa University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

Upper Iowa University has membership in the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Upper Iowa University is a nonprofit organization founded in 1857. It has no shareholders or private ownership but is controlled by a board of trustees. 

Memberships

Upper Iowa University is a member of the following educational organizations:

  • American Library Association
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Iowa College Foundation
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • University Continuing Education Association

Table 1: Upper Iowa University Program Accreditation/Approvals

Program Accrediting Agency Last Renewal Next Renewal Approval Documents

Nursing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

10/10/2012

2022

CCNE Approval Letter

Nursing

Iowa Board of Nursing

06/11/2014

2020

Iowa Board Nursing Approval Letter

Teacher Preparation Program

Iowa State Board of Education

1/27/2011

2016-2017

Iowa Board Education Approval Letter

Athletic Training Education

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

8/19/2014

2023-2024

CAATE Letter

Ft. Riley
(All Programs)

Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER)

12/15/2010

Every 10 years

Ft. Riley MIVER Approval

Ft. Leavenworth
(All Programs)

Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER)

9/1/2004

Every 10 years

Ft. Leavenworth MIVER Approval


Sources: Dept. of Education, Dept. of Nursing, Academic Extension Centers

 

Table 2: Upper Iowa University State Approvals

State Approvals Accrediting Agency Last Renewal Next Renewal Approval Documents

All Programs

Illinois Board of Higher Education – Fox Valley Region

6/6/2006

Change in status

IL Approval Letter

All Programs

Louisiana Board of Regents

06/29/2016

May 2018

LA Approval Letter

All Programs

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

6/7/2010

Change in status

OK Approval Letter

All Programs

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

12/22/2016

12/31/2016

WI Approval Letter


Source: Academic Extension Centers

 

State authorization information for distance education at UIU can be found here

Table 3: Upper Iowa University VA Approvals

VA Approvals Accrediting Agency Last Renewal Next Renewal Approval Documents

Illinois:
Rockford

State of IL; Dept. of Veterans' Affairs

4/25/2017

Change in status

Rockford Approval

Iowa:
Cedar Rapids

State of IA; Dept. of ED

1/8/2008

Change in status

Cedar Rapids Approval

Iowa:
Des Moines

State of IA; Dept. of ED

10/1/2005

Change in status

Des Moines Approval

Iowa:
Fayette

State of IA; Dept. of ED

11/15/2010

Change in status

Fayette Approval

Iowa:
Quad Cities

State of IA; Dept. of ED

Jan 2011

Change in status

Quad Cities Approval

Iowa:
Waterloo

State of IA; Dept. of ED

9/7/2005

Change in status

Waterloo Approval

Kansas:
Ft. Riley

Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs

02/14/2011

Change in status

Ft. Riley Approval

Kansas:
Ft. Leavenworth

Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs

8/30/2010

Change in status

Ft. Leavenworth Approval

Louisiana:
Alexandria

State of LA; Dept. of VA

12/8/2010

Change in status

Alexandria Approval

Louisiana:
Baton Rouge

State of LA; Dept. VA

9/11/2014

Change in status

Baton Rouge Approval

Louisiana:
Ft. Polk

State of LA; Dept. of VA

2/7/2011

Change in status

Ft. Polk Approval

Louisiana:
New Orleans

State of LA; Dept. of VA

12/8/2010 Change in status New Orleans Approval

Oklahoma:
Fort Sill

State of OK; State Accrediting Agency

07/25/2011

Change in status

Ft. Sill Approval

Wisconsin:
Elkhorn

State of WI; Dept. of VA

9/30/2010

Change in status

Elkhorn Approval

Wisconsin:
Janesville

State of WI; Dept. of VA

9/30/2010

Change in status

Janesville Approval

Wisconsin:
Madison

State of WI; Dept. of VA

9/30/2010

Change in status

Madison Approval

Wisconsin:
Milwaukee

State of WI; Dept. of VA

9/30/2010

Change in status

Milwaukee Approval

Wisconsin:
Prairie du Chien

State of WI; Dept. of VA

9/30/2010

Change in status

Prairie du Chien Approval

Wisconsin:
Wausau

State of WI; Dept. of VA

9/30/2010

Change in status

Wausau Approval


Source: Academic Extension Centers

 

Upper Iowa University International Accreditation/Approvals

Table 4: Non Local Registry of the Hong Kong Education Bureau (HKEDB) Approved Degrees

Non-local Institution/ Professional Body Certificate of Registration Operator

Upper Iowa University

Associate of Arts Degree: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue)

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Accounting: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue)

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Communications: 13 November 2012

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Computer Science: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue) 

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Financial Management: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue) 

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Management: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue) 

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Management Information Systems: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue) 

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Marketing: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue) 

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited

Upper Iowa University

Bachelor of Science, major in Psychology: 09/03/2009 (3rd issue) 

Upper Iowa University – Hong Kong Campus Limited


Source: Center for International Education

 

Table 5: Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) American Degree Program (ADP) Approvals/Accreditations

Malaysian Center Degree Approval Letter

Approval/Accredited

Operator

SEGi-Kota Damansara

BS 4+0

Approved/Accredited: 08/10/2009

SEGi/Upper Iowa University (UIU), USA (A8794)

SEGi-Kuala Lumpur

BS 4+0

Approved/Accredited: 08/13/2012

SEGi/Upper Iowa University  (UIU), USA (A8672)

SEGi-Penang

BS 4+0

Approved/Accredited: 03/22/2011

SEGi/Upper Iowa University  (UIU), USA (A8501)

SEGi-Sarawak (Kuching)

BS 4+0

Approved/Accredited: 11/21/2012

SEGi/Upper Iowa University  (UIU), USA (A8570)

SEGi-Subang Jaya

BS 4+0

Approved/Accredited: 02/01/2010

SEGi/Upper Iowa University  (UIU), USA (A8455)

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