Winona State University is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association / Higher Learning Commission (NCA/HLC) under the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ). In order to maintain accreditation, WSU completes a comprehensive, retrospective Self-Study and hosts a team of reviewers from the HLC for a comprehensive site visit every 10 years. WSU is currently finalizing work on their most recent Self-Study in preparation for a site visit in Spring 2012. For additional information on the current Self-Study process, please use the links on the right.

In addition to institutional accreditation, three of WSU’s colleges are accredited, approved or recognized by state and national organizations:
A number of WSU departments and programs also maintain discipline specific accreditation, approval or recognition; a full list of these can be found using the link on the right.

Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research is available to assist programs, departments, and colleges with their accreditation related needs, usually by assisting with program assessment and reporting. IPAR also serves to coordinate the accreditation requirements of the various programs, departments and colleges with institutional accreditation, accountability and planning efforts.

In Fall 2010, WSU purchased TaskStream’s Accountability Management System (AMS) to serve as the central collection and coordination system for program-level assessment and accreditation. AMS will expand and simplify institutional reporting capabilities by allowing for automatic correlation and summarization of assessment data at various levels (department/unit, college, university) for distribution to external accreditors and other stakeholders.