Black Hills State University will host a comprehensive evaluation visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association April 15-16.
Black Hills State University has been accredited by the commission since 1950. Its accreditation is at the master's degree level and includes both its Spearfish campus and programs offered at the University Center-Rapid City.
The HLC is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The commission accredits approximately 950 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The visiting team will review the University’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.
In preparation for this periodic evaluation, the public is invited to submit comments regarding the University. Comments may be submitted online at www.ncahlc.org or sent to:
Third-Party Comment on Black Hills State University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by Friday, March 8.