Campus building and landscape with daffodils in the foreground.

Is DSU the right fit for you?

Our website can tell you only so much about our beautiful campus and innovative programs. The best way to find out if DSU is right for you is to see for yourself!

Visit Our Campus

Accreditation

Accreditation is very important for any university. Assessments of Dakota State show the quality of programs across campus.

Accreditations impact the institution in a variety of ways, including student eligibility for federal assistance or loans, enabling graduates to sit for certification exams, and assuring all our constituencies that DSU meets or exceeds quality standards.

Students walking on DSU's main campus

Institutional accreditation

Dakota State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), founded in 1895 and one of a number of institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accreditation indicates that DSU has the standards, processes, and assurance that it delivers quality educational experiences. DSU must meet 18 core components within the five HLC Criteria for Accreditation.

DSU completes periodic reviews for reaffirmation of accreditation through HLC’s Open Pathway, a ten-year cycle with an assurance review in year four and a comprehensive evaluation in year ten. The Open Pathway also includes an improvement component, the Quality Initiative, between year four and ten, that provides DSU the opportunity to pursue improvement projects that meet institutional needs.

Program accreditations

DSU’s eight teacher education programs are accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education. This assures quality with educator preparation. Any institution seeking to recommend candidates for certification must have its programs approved by the State Board of Education. The South Dakota 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; DSU is accredited through The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

CAEP WEBSITE

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 The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

SD DOE Website

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

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