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Accreditation by one of the 6 regional accrediting bodies is required for colleges and universities to offer federal financial aid to their students. This requirement is defined by the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
DePaul University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) .
Criterion 4 of HLC’s accreditation criteria “Evaluation and Improvement of Teaching and Learning” provides standards and criteria for assessing student learning. Specifically, Criterion 4b asks that “the institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.” This criterion is broken into 4 core components:
Read the full accreditation criteria and core components from HLC.
Certain colleges and programs at DePaul have their own professional accreditation organizations. These groups have their own standards and requirements for professionals within their fields. In some cases, affiliation with these organizations is voluntary. However, in other cases, affiliation is required for graduates to be certified to practice within their particular fields. Learn more about DePaul’s affiliations with accrediting bodies.
Teacher preparation programs are under the purview of the state in which they operate. In the state of Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) defines standards for all teacher preparation programs.