Cedarville University is chartered by the State of Ohio and certified by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Cedarville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411; Phone: 800-621-7440).
The University hosted the HLC in October 2020 for an Assurance Review. The Committee updated the "assurance argument" for accreditation assurance review using the HLC's Guiding Values, Assumed Practices, and the new Criteria for Accreditation to shape the argument.
Additionally, several departments and programs within the University hold program-specific accreditations, certificates, and licensures ensuring 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, Assessment and 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
Assessment and 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