hlc-accreditationAccreditation is a mark of quality. Walden has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1990. The HLC is a commission of the North Central Association, one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. In September 2014, HLC approved Walden’s first direct assessment competency-based programs.

Our accreditation assures the community that our programs are relevant and rigorous, our faculty is qualified and well prepared with the appropriate academic credentials, and our students are supported by first-class services and staff. Accreditation attests that we are continually reassessing the quality of our institution and programs—and continually improving them.

In 2013, our accredited status was reaffirmed by HLC, with our reviewer specifically acknowledging that we “operate with the utmost integrity” and that we “clearly embrace our unique mission of effecting positive social change through innovative and purposeful academic programs.”

Our accreditation status:

  • Allows access to federal and sometimes state financial aid.
  • Enables smooth transfer of credits from one accredited institution to another.
  • Instills confidence in employers when they evaluate job credentials of potential employees as well as when deciding whether to provide tuition support for current employees seeking further education.

Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United States, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your Walden program.