About NaropaAccreditation


Naropa University was first accredited in 1986, and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) re-affirmed Naropa University’s accreditation in September 2015, following a self-study and comprehensive review by a national team of evaluators who certified that Naropa is meeting standards for quality and accountability.

Naropa University prepared a self-study report to demonstrate that Naropa continues to maintain the high educational standards set by the Higher Learning Commission. The self-study process provided an invaluable opportunity to examine institutional practices while citing examples of excellence, the challenges ahead, and action steps leading to improvement.

The self-study provided a review of Naropa’s commitment to the following criteria:

  1. Mission
  2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
  4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  5. Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

In compiling the 2015 self-study, Naropa was committed to an inclusive, transparent process facilitated by communications among faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, and the public—in person, in print, and via the Web. Naropa strongly encouraged interested parties to attend working sessions to offer suggestions and provide comments.

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Accreditation is the process by which an outside review body certifies a college or university as meeting certain educational standards. Accreditation is an important “stamp of approval.” Accredited colleges and universities have proven that they are committed to educational quality and improvement.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation which accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions.

Yes. Naropa University was first accredited in 1986 by the North Central Association and has been continually accredited since that time. Most recently, in 2015, Naropa’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission.

There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Here are a few of them:

  • Quality Education – Accredited colleges and universities deliver high quality educational programs.
  • Financial Aid – Accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
  • Transfer – Most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited school.
  • Graduate School – Most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited schools.

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