Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Accreditation and Affiliation

Since 1916, the University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). UNC’s accreditation was affirmed by the HLC in June 2015, with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2024-2025. Additional information about UNC’s accreditation is available at www.unco.edu/assessment/accreditation/higher-learning-commission.aspx.

All UNC degrees in fields that require accreditation for licensure or certification are accredited. A complete description of programs that hold specialized accreditation is available at www.unco.edu/assessment/accreditation/specialized-accreditation.aspx. UNC programs are accredited by the following specialized accrediting bodies.

  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
  • CAATE: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • International Association of Counseling Services
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre

In addition to these accrediting bodies, UNC has multiple programs that have been approved or authorized by a state or national organization. Although these are not accrediting bodies, approval indicates that programs meet the standards of the organization.

  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers
  • College Reading and Learning Association
  • Colorado Department of Education (all Education programs)
  • Colorado State Board of Nursing
  • Professional Science Master’s Environmental Geosciences (PSM)

UNC holds affiliations with the following organizations:

  • American Association of Colleges and Universities

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities

  • Association of Governing Boards

  • Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos

  • Colorado Council of Deans of Education

  • College Language Association

  • Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions

  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

  • Council of Graduate Schools in the United States

  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation

  • Higher Education Consortium for Special Education

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

  • Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities

  • University Council for Educational Administration

  • Western Association of Graduate Schools