Morningside University is pleased to announce that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has reaffirmed its accreditation through 2033. This official acknowledgment signifies the University’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality in higher education. 

The reaffirmation of this status comes after a diligent three-year process toward comprehensive evaluation by HLC led by Dr. Leslie Werden, professor of English and rhetoric, and Dr. Brian McFarland, associate vice president for academic affairs, and involving numerous faculty and staff across Morningside University.

“Earning the HLC accreditation reaffirms our dedication to academic excellence and innovation. It represents a significant achievement for our institution,” said President Dr. Albert Mosley. “We take immense pride in this recognition, which underscores our commitment to providing a top-tier education to our students, and we are incredibly proud to have met all criteria with no concerns and no monitoring reports. This accreditation motivates us to further strengthen our academic programs and student services, ensuring that Morningside University continues to offer students the best possible experience.”

HLC accreditation, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation, is a rigorous process taking place every 10 years. It ensures quality and effectiveness in education by conducting a comprehensive review to ascertain whether institutions meet specific standards. 

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Chris Spicer added, “Our exceptional review from HLC is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to academic rigor and continual improvement. This accreditation is a testament to the collective efforts of our faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated to fostering an inclusive, challenging, and supportive academic environment. I commend our campus community for upholding our tradition of excellence while continuing to find ways to innovate and evolve.”

In the 72-page report delivered to campus following its affirmation of accreditation visit in late October, the HLC visiting team commended the Morningside community for its passion in delivering its mission and the strong culture found at all levels of campus. The visiting team also noted the caring community dedicated to its students, as well as a strength in finding ways to adapt to the many headwinds higher education is facing. Morningside University’s next institutional HLC review is scheduled for 2033-34.