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SIUE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through the Open Pathway.

Accreditation is an important external validation — to our community, students and other institutions — that SIUE offers a high-quality educational experience and that we are committed to learning and improving. Accreditation is necessary for our students to remain eligible for financial aid or military benefits. The process also helps the university by enhancing our ability to secure external funds.

All accredited universities also are expected to meet the HLC’s common criteria. These criteria were significantly revised beginning in 2009 and implemented in 2012. Our University must demonstrate that we have successfully accomplished the core components of these criteria as markers of our ongoing commitment to all our stakeholders.

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