North Central University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). This association is a participating member of the Council on Higher Education.

    North Central University is listed in the directory of Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education and Programs. This directory is published by the American Council on Education.

    Questions pertaining to accrediting issues may be directed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Questions pertaining to the conformity of North Central University to the criteria of the Higher Learning Commission may be directed to the Higher Learning Commission which is located at: 
      30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, 
      Chicago, IL 60602
      Tel: 1.800.621.7440


Accreditation Overview

The primary goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by colleges and universities meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation helps students identify high quality institutions, helps with the transfer of credits from institution to institution, creates goals for quality improvement, and provides as one of several considerations used as a basis for determining eligibility for Federal assistance.

NCU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). NCA was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and the NCA, degree-granting post secondary educational institutions in the north and central regions of the U.S.

Link to the Higher Learning Commission -

Criteria for Accreditation -

Assumed practices -

Accreditation Pathway

Explanation - The HLC presently has three routes for reaffirmation of accreditation, and NCU is in the Open Pathway. The Open Pathway seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • To enhance institutional value by opening the improvement aspect of accreditation so that institutions may choose Quality Intiatives to suit their current circumstances.
  • To reduce the buden on institutions by utilizing as much information and data as possible from existing institutional processes and collecting them in electronic form as they naturally occur over time.
  • To enhance rigor by checking institutional data annually (Institutional Update) and conducting Assurance Reviews twice in the ten-year cycle.
  • To integrate as much as possible all HLC processes and HLC requests for data into the reaffirmation of accreditation cycle.

Introduction to the Open Pathway -

Open Pathway booklet -

Quality Initiative

The Open Pathway requires the institution to undertake a major Quality Initiative designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The Quality Initiative takes place between years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway cycle. The Quality Initiative is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and learn from success, partial success, or even failure.

Link to the QI information -

Our QI description - more to come

Timeline, next steps - more to come

QI Leadership team

Mike Nosser - Vice President of Student Development

Retention Council

Dan Nelson - Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Assessment Committee members:

  • Casey Rozowski (Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness), Chair
  • Jerilyn Bach (Director of Institutional Development)
  • David Collins (Chair, College of Fine Arts)
  • Leslie Crabtree (Chair, English Department)
  • Doug Graham (VP of Spiritual Life)
  • Steve Krahn (Associate Director of IT)
  • Greg Leeper (Dean of Students)
  • Joshua Martin (Director of Admissions)
  • Phil Mayo (IBATS professor)
  • Dan Nelson ( Dean, College of Arts & Sciences)