Accreditation and Memberships
Upper Iowa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The University is also approved by the Louisiana Higher Education Board, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, and the Iowa Department of Education (for teacher education in Iowa only). Programs offered are approved by the states of Iowa, Kansas (restricted), Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin for veterans’ benefits.
Complaints Against an Affiliated Institution
Each year, the Commission receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students and other parties. The Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, the Commission forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.
Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. The Commission may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.
Instructions for filing a complaint via the Higher Learning Commission are available at https://www.hlcommission.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.html.
|Program||Accrediting Agency||Last Renewal||Next Renewal||Approval Documents|
|Business||Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs – (ACBSP)||In Candidacy||In Candidacy|
|Nursing||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)||11/14/2022||2033||CCNE Approval Letter|
|Nursing||Iowa Board of Nursing||02/05/2020||2026||Iowa Board Nursing Approval Letter|
|Teacher Preparation Program||Iowa State Board of Education||2/1/2018||2023-2024||Iowa Board Education Approval Letter|
|State Approvals||Accrediting Agency||Last Renewal||Next Renewal||Approval Documents|
|All Programs||Iowa College Student Aid Commission||August 2022||8/4/2024||IA Approval Letter|
|All Programs||Louisiana Board of Regents||August 2022||August 2024||LA Approval Letter|
|Select Programs||Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education||October 2022||August 2024||OK Approval Letter|
- Upper Iowa University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.
- Upper Iowa University has membership in the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
- Upper Iowa University is a nonprofit organization founded in 1857. It has no shareholders or private ownership but is controlled by a board of trustees.
State Authorization for Distance Learning
Every U.S. state has enacted laws and regulations governing activities by educational providers in their jurisdiction, and each individual state has its own standards of when an educational provider has crossed a statutory threshold into regulation. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state.
UIU’s Office of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Upper Iowa University is actively monitoring the status of federal and state regulations pertaining to the delivery of distance education and is coordinating UIU’s efforts to work with state agencies where authorization is required to ensure compliance with relevant distance education regulations. Applicants who reside outside Iowa will only be admitted to online degree completion programs, certificate programs or individual online courses offered by Upper Iowa University if the university has secured authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, when required.
In September 2016 Upper Iowa University was approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education; it allows UIU to offer programs and courses to residents of member states without seeking state-by-state approval, and is intended to make it easier for students to take distance education courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. A list of participating states and institutions can be found at National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Persons seeking to enroll in an Upper Iowa University distance education program residing outside the state of Iowa, but within the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories, should check the University’s authorization status below or contact Distance Education at [email protected] or 1-800-553-4150 regarding enrollment. UIU continues to serve out-of-state students while working with individual state agencies to meet and maintain institutional authorization requirements, unless otherwise indicated.
The table below indicates state authorization status for each state in relation to online and self-paced programs offered by UIU’s Distance Education.
- A = approved/authorized
- E = exempt (authorization not required)
- IP = In Process (authorization or exemption is being sought; applications currently accepted)
- N = NOT approved/authorized (applications not accepted)
- S = NC-SARA member state
|State||Status||State Regulating Agency(ies)|
|Alabama||S||Alabama Department of Education|
|Alabama Commission on Higher Education|
|Alaska||S||Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education|
|Arizona||S||Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education|
|Arkansas||S||Arkansas Department of Higher Education|
|California||E||California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education|
|Colorado||S||State of Colorado Department of Higher Education|
|Connecticut||S||State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education|
|Delaware||S||Delaware Department of Education|
|District of Columbia||S||District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission|
|Florida||E||Florida Commission for Independent Education|
|Georgia||S||Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission|
|Hawaii||S||Hawaii Postsecondary Education Authorization Program|
|Idaho||S||Idaho State Board of Education|
|Illinois||S||Illinois Board of Higher Education|
|Indiana||S||Indiana Commission for Higher Education|
|Iowa||S||Iowa College Student Aid Commission|
|Kansas||S||Kansas Board of Regents|
|Kentucky||S||Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education|
|Louisiana||S||Louisiana Board of Regents|
|Maine||S||Maine Department of Higher Education|
|Maryland||S||Maryland Higher Education Commission|
|Massachusetts||E||Massachusetts Department of Higher Education|
|Michigan||S||Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs|
|Minnesota||S||Minnesota Office of Higher Education|
|Mississippi||S||Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation|
|Missouri||S||Missouri Department of Higher Education|
|Montana||S||Montana University System|
|Nebraska||S||Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education|
|Nevada||S||Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education|
|New Hampshire||S||New Hampshire Department of Education Division of Higher Education - Higher Education Commission|
|New Jersey||S||New Jersey Higher Education|
|New Mexico||S||New Mexico Higher Education Department|
|New York||S||(New York) Office of College and University Evaluation|
|North Carolina||S||The University of North Carolina Board of Governors|
|North Dakota||S||North Dakota University System|
|Ohio||S||Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents|
|Oklahoma||S||Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education|
|Oregon||S||Oregon Office of Degree Authorization|
|Pennsylvania||S||Pennsylvania Department of Education|
|Rhode Island||S||Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education|
|South Carolina||S||South Carolina Commission on Higher Education|
|South Dakota||S||South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office|
|Tennessee||S||Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Division of Postsecondary School Authorization|
|Texas||S||Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board & Texas Workforce Commission|
|Utah||S||Utah Division of Consumer Protection|
|Vermont||S||Vermont State Board of Education Through the Vermont Agency of Education|
|Virginia||S||Commonwealth of Virginia State Council of Higher Education for Virginia|
|Washington||S||State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board|
|West Virginia||S||West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission|
|Wisconsin||S||Wisconsin Educational Approval Program|
|Wyoming||S||Wyoming Department of Education|
|SAA Approvals||Accrediting Agency||Last Renewal||Next Renewal||Approval Documents|
|Iowa: Fayette, Online and Iowa Extensions||State of IA; Dept. of ED||2022-08-29 00:00:00||Change in status||Iowa Approvals|
|Kansas: Fort Riley||Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs||2022-08-29 00:00:00||Change in status||Fort Riley Approval|
|Louisiana: Alexandria||State of LA; Dept. of VA||2023-10-09 00:00:00||Change in status||Alexandria Approval|
|Louisiana: Baton Rouge||State of LA; Dept. of VA||2023-10-09 00:00:00||Change in status||Baton Rouge Approval|
|Louisiana: DeRidder||State of LA: Dept. of VA||2023-10-09 00:00:00||Change in status||DeRidder Approval|
|Louisiana: Fort Johnson||State of LA; Dept. of VA||2023-10-09 00:00:00||Change in status||Fort Johnson Approval|
|Louisiana: New Orleans||State of LA; Dept. of VA||2023-10-09 00:00:00||Change in status||New Orleans Approval|
|Oklahoma: Fort Sill||State of OK; State Accrediting Agency||2022-08-29 00:00:00||Change in status||Fort Sill Approval|
Upper Iowa University is a member of the following educational organizations:
- American Library Association
- Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
- Council of Independent Colleges
- Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Iowa College Foundation
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- University Continuing Education Association