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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.

Dakota State is an institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This accreditation assures and advances the quality of higher learning.  HLC was founded in 1895 and is one of six institutional accreditors in the United States.

To be accredited by the HLC, an institution must demonstrate a “responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.” The institution must meet four other criteria to be accredited.

Program Accreditations

DSU's teacher preparation programs are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) programs through Spring 2023. 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).


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