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We passed!

University receives accreditation—a key mark of academic and instructional quality.

By Nathan Solheim

October 2, 2017

Student Success BuildingMSU Denver received its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) this summer, capping a yearlong effort that involved hundreds of employees and a thorough reporting process.

The development means the University remains eligible for federal funding through financial aid and grant programs and serves as an independent validation of the University’s educational quality.

“For all intents and purposes, we flew through with flying colors,” said Vicki Golich, MSU Denver’s provost.

The next step in the accreditation process, which happens every decade, is to prepare for a mid-cycle check-in with the HLC in four or five years.

“It’s a good process,” said Chad Harris, associate vice president for curriculum and academic effectiveness. “We look at it and there’s lots of stress around it, but ultimately it makes you reflect on how you are doing things and how can you do things better. It’s about continuous improvement.”

As part of the accreditation process, the University emphasized CADRE, which represents the core set of shared values articulated in the Strategic Plan.

You can pick up your own framed CADRE posters in the Office of Marketing and Communications in SSB 430, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while supplies last.

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