Academic Accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process by the higher education community that aims to provide assurance of academic quality, accountability and stimulate processes for continuous improvement.

Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to award bachelors, masters, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees.

Accredited Programs

In addition to the regional accreditation, several of our degree programs in specialized areas and disciplines are accredited through disciplinary and programmatic accrediting bodies. The specialized accreditation is under the purview of the respective academic programs and colleges, with Academic Planning and Development staff serving as a resource and reviewer of all accreditation material prior to external submission. View the degree programs that are accredited or approved by programmatic/disciplinary accreditation agencies.

Course Activity Documentation (CAD)

Course Activity Documentation (CAD) module was developed as a collaborative innovation between members of the Office of the Provost and staff in Registration and Records, Information Technology and PeopleSoft Campus Security to meet the revised federal and state mandates requiring all academic institutions to collect data related to the enrolled credit hour definition.

The CAD process requires all faculty and instructional staff who teach a course section to input course section documentation that covers

  1. The in/out of class minutes

  2. Planned activity codes (i.e. activities used in teaching the course, such as lectures, discussion, presentations)

  3. Corresponding percentages for each activity relative to the total in/out of class minutes

  4. An upload of the current syllabus for the course section being taught.

Data has been collected from the 46 academic units and seven colleges, including 1,485 distinct faculty/instructional staff across a total of approximately 6,740 distinct course sections. The CAD module allows us to capture auditable data regarding course sections taught and reciprocate data back to the academic units, where the course activity data may be leveraged for curricular and pedagogical review and improvements. Submission rates each semester have been consistently above 96 percent.

Educator Licensure

Teacher certification and accreditation is managed by the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation. Northern Illinois University is accredited as an educator preparation institution by the

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) - formerly NCATE
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)