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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.

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Institutional accreditation

Dakota State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), founded in 1895 and one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accreditation assures and advances the quality of higher education.

DSU has selected HLC's Open Pathways process to maintain its institutional accreditation. Open Pathways focuses on quality assurance and institutional improvement that includes an institutional Quality Initiative to meet DSU's current needs and aspirations during the second half of DSU's 10-year accreditation cycle. The institution must meet five other criteria to be accredited.

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

DSU’s respiratory care program is 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.

CoARC Website