The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is approved by the Louisiana Higher Education Board, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, and the Iowa Department of Education (for teacher education in Iowa only). The programs offered are approved by the states of Iowa, Kansas (restricted), Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin for veterans’ benefits. UIU maintains Higher Learning Commission accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) which infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into colleges and universities.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
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Chicago, IL 60604

Complaints Against an Affiliated Institution

Each year, the Commission receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students, and other parties. The Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, the Commission forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. The Commission may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.

Instructions for filing a complaint via the Higher Learning Commission:

Upper Iowa University is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

Upper Iowa University is a nonprofit organization founded in 1857. It has no shareholders or private ownership but is controlled by a board of trustees.

UIU is accredited by / members of:

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • The North Central Association
  • Louisiana Higher Education Board
  • Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • University Continuing Education Association
  • Iowa College Foundation
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • American Library Association
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education