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Cedarville University is chartered by the State of Ohio and certified by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) www.hlcommission.org (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411; Phone: 800-621-7440).

The University hosted the HLC in October 2016 for reaffirmation of accreditation.  The Steering Committee wrote an "assurance argument" for reaffirmation of accreditation using the HLC's Guiding Values, Assumed Practices, and Criteria for Accreditation to shape the argument.

Additionally, several departments and programs within the University hold program-specific accreditations, certificates, and licensures insuring our graduates the full benefit of approved and professionally recognized degree programs. See our  Accreditation, Recognition, and Licensure page for specific associations.

Cedarville University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of distance education, since September 2015. Participation in NC-SARA allows Cedarville to offer distance education programs of study to students from other NC-SARA member states.


The Office of Assessment and Accreditation Services works hand-in-hand with Institutional Research to oversee a continuous process to understand, describe, update, and improve the educational quality at Cedarville University through the self-study and accreditation processes. Specifically, Accreditation Services provides direct support for the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education processes including:

  • Self-study supervision and coordination
  • Submission of change and new program requests
  • Preparation of related and required documents
  • Planning and logistics for site visits
  • Specialized budgeting
  • Timing of strategies and announcements

Accreditation Services also provides essential collaboration for specialized programmatic accreditation for specific departments and programs within the University as follows:

  • Collaborate with deans and department chairs on an annual basis to ensure appropriate budgetary requirements for accreditation
  • Develop an initial timeline and checklist for the self-study and campus visit
  • Provide auxiliary support for offices making accommodations for campus visit scheduling of administrators and non-departmental personnel who need to be interviewed
  • Collect data and documents requested by the agency that are outside of the departmental control
  • Support the departments in their self-study writing process for areas outside of the departmental control and other specific requests
  • Review the final content of the self-study and related documents verifying that agency requested responses are answered
  • Serve as a liaison to any editor of a final draft of the self-study to ensure consistency of reporting documents
  • Participate in campus visits, as needed

Accreditation Blog

    HLC 4-Yr. Review Complete!

    To the University Community: With a grateful heart to God and to all of you, I am happy to report that Cedarville University has once again successfully passed its Assurance Review. This Review came just 4 years after the Comprehensive Review of 2016... Read more »

    HLC Assurance Review Alive and Well

    When Cedarville University moved to all-online course delivery on March 16, 2020, our work on the HLC Assurance Review faced the same challenges of learning and working remotely. Until that time a sub-group of the HLC 2020 Task Team worked... Read more »

    God’s Blessing, Good Stewardship

    Since February 2019 the revived and renewed HLC Task Team has been working on the daunting assignment of revising our 2016 Assurance Argument for compliance with a four-year Assurance Review. In February, that was little more than two years out from... Read more »