Accreditation and Affiliations

Accreditation is a quality assurance process that involves an evaluation of a college or program within a college by an external organization to determine if applicable standards are met. When an institution meets those standards, accredited status is granted by the agency. North Central College, as an institution, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also affiliated with the United Methodist church. In addition, many academic programs meet the rigorous standards necessary to be accredited by other outside organizations. For additional information on institutional accreditation, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs, 630-637-5353.

United Methodist Church

Every ten years the University Senate of the United Methodist Church reviews North Central College as a United Methodist-affiliated college. Most recently, a three-person team visited North Central on October 4-6, 2010, and evaluated the College in four areas: institutional integrity, program quality, sound management and financial health, and church relatedness. They wrote a report to the Commission on Institutional Review, and the Commission recommended that North Central College be “approved for continued listing, without qualification, as a United Methodist-related academic institution.” The University Senate approved the recommendation on January 27, 2011.