Higher Learning Commission representatives to visit NSU campus

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University campus community is looking forward to a visit this month from representatives of the Higher Learning Commission.

NSU will host the HLC peer review team on March 20 and 21 as part of comprehensive review for reaffirmation of accreditation.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Higher Learning Commission reviewers to campus, giving us the opportunity to show all that Northern has to offer,” said NSU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies Director Dr. Joelle Lien. “It’s an exciting time at NSU, with innovative curricular offerings coming forward, a new residence hall under construction and plans announced for the Regional Science Education Center. The HLC visit adds to that positive momentum.”

About the Accreditation Reaffirmation Process

NSU is currently in the process of its regular ten-year comprehensive evaluation by the Higher Learning Commission, Northern’s regional accrediting organization. This review ensures that NSU is meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. This review leads to an action regarding the reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation.

Institutions must be accredited by a federally recognized accrediting agency to qualify for participation in federal financial aid programs that provide low cost loans to students. Attending a regionally accredited institution is an important consideration for students who might want to transfer credits to another institution or pursue admission to graduate programs later on.

The upcoming campus visit is part of the commission’s comprehensive evaluation of NSU, and the university is excited for the opportunity to host the HLC team.

“We look forward to showing them our progress and excellence, and look forward to learning how we can continue to improve and make a strong impact,” Lien said.

For more information about the upcoming visit, contact Lien at 605-626-7958 or joelle.lien@northern.edu.

About Northern State University

NSU is a premier, residential, regional university characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations and wide-ranging extracurricular opportunities. The university is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and in graduate and professional studies. NSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1918.

Northern currently serves over 3,500 students—on its safe, welcoming, picturesque campus in Aberdeen, S.D.; at off-campus sites including Huron Community Campus; and online. The university takes pride in its relationship with the community and the entire northeast South Dakota region. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.