Look around at how a university functions, and you'll quickly find the answer to this question. From having established programs that are respected, recognized and supported by professional industries to being able to keep books in the library, accreditation is where it all begins.
At Pittsburg State, we maintain numerous accreditations at the college, department, and program level - but of central importance is our regional accreditation. The HLC accreditation review process occurs every 10 years.
So what does accreditation do for us?
- It assures academic program quality through accountability to external standards
- It provides public certification of acceptable institutional quality
- It provides an opportunity and incentive for critical self-analysis and improvement of the institution
- It provides a formal opportunity for external consultation
- It enables us to maintain our eligibility to receive federal funds for student financial aid
- It's often required by graduate schools and employers
- It's simple: without accreditation, we cannot be a credible institution of higher learning.