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What is Accreditation?

"Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality." (U.S. Department of Education) There are both Institutional accreditations and Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations.
Accreditation Process Overview Video

This video was released in April 2017 introducing the re-accreditation process and communicating what accreditation is, what the process entails, and its importance for the University.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay holds full accreditation Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
Phone: 800.621.7440

Value of Accreditation
  • Encourages confidence that an institution’s education is fair and accurate.
  • Assures that a neutral, external party has reviewed the quality of education.
  • Confirms that institutions and programs have processes in place to meet changes in thinking.
  • Provides for eligible students to have access to federal financial aid.
  • Assists with transfer of credits among institutions or admission to graduate school.
  • Aids with entrance to a profession.
  • Signals prospective employers that an educational program has met widely accepted educational standards.

 - Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Institutional Accreditation
The evaluation of an entire institution, indicating that each of an institution’s parts is contributing to the achievement of the institution’s objectives, although not necessarily all at the same level of quality.  The Higher Learning Commission is the accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Dept. of Education to oversee UW - Green Bay’s institutional accreditation. 
Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations
The evaluation of programs, departments, or schools that usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. UWGB holds several specialized accreditations:

The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is pursuing accreditation from the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).The College of Science and Technology is pursuing accreditation from the ABET for its Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.