MSUM renews 2022 accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Moorhead, MN) -- Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) says they have completed a "4 Assurance Review" issued by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

The HLC review criteria assessed the universities they review and accredit under multiple categories; including their commitment to their publicly stated mission, ethical and responsible conduct, education, improving educational standards, and the effectiveness of the institution. 

“HLC informed MSU Moorhead that we successfully met all five Criteria for Accreditation, including 18 separate standards, "said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Arrick Jackson," These standards serve as quality measures by which HLC determines whether an institution merits continuation of its accreditation.” 

The accreditation itself allows the university to benefit students in multiple ways, according to university officials. This includes additional aid for students and the ability to improve programs through resources provided by the HLC.

"Accreditation ensures that MSUM meets acceptable levels of quality and public accountability, "said Ellen Fagerstrom, who leads MSUM’s HLC Coordinating Committee, "It is one component that allows our students to participate in federal financial student aid programs and provides us with the tools to engage in continuous quality improvement in our programs.” 

The review also included some of MSUM's newest programs, including the Master of Science in Athletic Training, Master of Social Work, and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice.