LSSU Administration building - called Lake Superior State University
is Accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission

Institutional Accreditation

Lake Superior State University has maintained accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission since 1968.  This regional accrediting body was established in 1895 and currently oversees more than 1000 higher education institutions from 19 states.

  • The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413. Phone: 312-263-0456; 800-621-7440. Fax: 312-263-7462.

Programmatic Accreditation

Individual academic programs may also hold specialized accredited by discipline-specific organizations when those programs meet the criteria and performance standards of that organization.  Programmatic accreditation is a reflection of a program’s integrity and alignment with recognized quality standards.  Periodic review and re-accreditation of individual programs occurs independently from, but contingent upon, the regional accreditation of the institution.  LSSU participates with the programmatic accreditation organizations listed below. Learn more about: national vs regional accreditation

  • BUSINESS – The following business programs at are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP): Accounting (BS), Business Administration – Entrepreneurship (BS), Business Administration – International Business (BS), Business Administration – Management (BS), Business Administration – Marketing (BS), and Finance & Economics (BS). The Business Administration – Generalist degree is regionally accredited, but has been excluded from ACBSP accreditation at this time.
  • CHEMISTRY – The Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry Pre-Professional, and Environmental Science Chemistry Concentration are approved by The American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, 1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-872-4589. Fax: 202-872-6066. Email:
  • COMPUTER, ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING – The Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of
  • EDUCATOR PREPARATION – The Educator Preparation Programs at Lake Superior State University are accredited by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.
  • ELECTRICAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY – The Electrical Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology bachelor’s programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,
  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES – The certificate program for Emergency Medical Technicians is accredited by CoAEMPS, 8301 Lakeview Pkwy #111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088. Phone: 214-703-8445;
  • FIREFIGHTER I and II – The Firefighter I and II Michigan Certification programs are approved by the ProBoard Accrediting Agency, PO Box 690632, Quincy, MA 02269. Phone: 617-984-7474;
  • MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE – The bachelor’s degree program in Medical Laboratory Science, with Academic and Clinical tracks, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 773.714.8880;
  • NURSING – The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is approved by Michigan Board of Nursing and is accredited by

Accreditation FAQs

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a way to ensure that higher learning institutions are fulfilling their goals and serving their students and communities to the best of their abilities. Accreditation is voluntary, and it serves as assurance to students that they will get a quality education when they attend an accredited college or university. It also increases the potential for transferability of credits from one accredited institution to another. LSSU’s accreditation was re-affirmed in fall 2016, and the university is scheduled for a Comprehensive Review in 2021.

How does the re-accreditation occur?

The university will produce an “Assurance Argument,” which is an evidence focused narrative addressing how the institution fulfills each of the criteria for re-accreditation. The narrative encompasses every functional aspect of the institution, including educational activities, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationships with outside constituencies. The re-accreditation process is an opportunity for the university to identify areas where it needs improvement and to implement positive change.

Is every program accredited?

There are two types of accreditation: the institutional accreditation managed by the Higher Learning Commission, and programmatic accreditation specific to a degree program, or to a set of degree programs.

What is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)?

The HLC of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the accrediting agency for many schools and colleges in our region of the country. Its role is to ensure students are receiving a high-quality education and that the institution is operating within the boundaries of its stated mission.

Why should you care?

An undertaking such as this must involve everyone on campus – faculty, staff and students – as well as the off-campus community. The only way to ensure a factual and thorough evaluation of the university is to seek feedback from everyone involved with, benefiting from, or contributing to university programs and activities.

What about assessment of student learning outcomes?

See our assessment page for more information