Miami University Accreditation

Miami University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States to ensure they remain in compliance with its criteria and core components and its assumed practices. Miami's most recent comprehensive accreditation review was in 2015, and it resulted in a continuation of our accreditation for ten years, through 2025. The University also had a year-four assurance review in 2019.

Open Pathways

Since 2011, Miami University has followed the accreditation approach called Open Pathways, which is a more streamlined and continuous means for reaffirmation of accreditation that includes online and in-person reviews.

Open Pathways consists of two key components:

  1. Assurance Process which requires the continuous accumulation of electronically stored information and data coupled with the creation of an Assurance Argument that makes the case that the institution meets the Criteria for Accreditation and the federal requirements; and
  2. Improvement Process which is Quality Initiative the institution undertakes as something it wants to do and culminates in a Results Visit by peer reviewers.

The timeline for the Open Pathways process involves multiple action steps across a ten-year period.   The year-four assurance review took place in 2019. The next step will be for Miami to propose and carry out a Quality Initiative project between 2020 and 2024.

For inquiries or concerns relating to Miami’s accreditation, contact:

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

800.621.7440