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The Open Pathway for Reaffirmation of Accreditation

The Open Pathway for Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). After successfully completing the reaffirmation of accreditation process during the 2015 cycle, Kent State University’s continuing accreditation was reaffirmed through 2024. This review process culminated in KSU transitioning from the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Pathway for reaffirmation of accreditation to the Open Pathway process. The Open Pathway is for “mature” and stable institutions that are in good standing with the Higher Learning Commission. The Open Pathway operates on a 10-year cycle, with multiple reviews along the way, and separates the accreditation process into two components: the Quality Initiative and Assurance Review.

The Quality Initiative component is limited to Years 5 and 9 of the ten-year cycle and focuses on institutional innovation and improvement. The institution proposes a Quality Initiative project that best reflects its priorities and the timeframe necessary to complete or to continue to make substantial progress toward completion of the Quality Initiative project.

The Assurance Review process takes place at two key points within the ten-year cycle: In Year 4 and in Year 10. Year 4 review takes place asynchronously through the Commission’s online Assurance System and does not include a site visit. The institution submits evidence and an Assurance Argument to demonstrate that it meets the criteria for continued accreditation, and if not, the initiatives undertaken to come into compliance. Year 10 review is a comprehensive evaluation and includes an electronic review conducted with the Commission’s Assurance System and an on-site visit. The comprehensive evaluation also includes a review of Federal Compliance.  

Kent State University is pleased to be placed on the Open Pathway for reaffirmation of accreditation. This option provides the University more flexibility to implement Quality Initiatives leading to a comprehensive evaluation.


For information regarding Kent State University's history of participation in AQIP, please see the links below:

The AQIP Process

AQIP Action Projects