We have accreditations you can trust.

Academic Quality Improvement Program CircleDSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). There are two tracks to accreditation with the HLC. DSU follows the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process. Our participation in AQIP reflects an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and to organizational learning and development.

The AQIP process works in tandem with our existing strategic planning and project review processes. It provides a framework that focuses on data analysis and the achievement of its published goals and objectives. The alternate accreditation review process is every ten years. With AQIP, our accreditation is reviewed yearly in cycles and culminates in a Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the end of a seven-year cycle.

Program accreditations

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

DSU’s teacher education programs are accredited by the NCATE and will undergo accreditation through CAEP in 2016. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P–12 student learning. CAEP was created through a merger of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

CAEP Website

South Dakota Department of Education

DSU’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Department of Education. Any institution seeking to recommend candidates for certification must have its programs approved by the State Board of Education. The Department of Education reviews the courses and experiences an institution requires candidates to complete and recommends approval to the state board on a seven-year cycle. In addition, the institutions must also be accredited by a regional accrediting agency or by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) will replace NCATE as the national accrediting agency in the coming accreditation cycle.

SD DOE Website  

ACBSP: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

DSU’s undergraduate and graduate business programs are accredited by ACBSP. The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The mission of the ACBSP is to establish, promote and recognize educational standards that contribute to the continuous improvement of business education and, through the process of accreditation, to recognize business schools and programs that adhere to these standards.

ACBSP Website

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

DSU’s Health Information Management programs are accredited by CAHIIM. CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organizations whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality Accreditation Standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIM) educational programs.

CAHIIM Website

CoARC: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

DSU’s respiratory care programs are accredited by CoARC. The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits respiratory care degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree level in the United States. Accreditation is a status that provides assurance to prospective students, their families and the general public that an institution (or a program) meets minimum requirements (i.e., Accreditation Standards) and that there are reasonable grounds to believe the institution (or program) will continue to meet those standards in the future. 

CoARC Website