Accreditation is a cooperative system of certification and quality assurance wherein communities of academics establish criteria (or standards) which define accepted practice and then hold one another accountable to the criteria. Institutions are accredited as a whole by regional accrediting agencies. Some individual academic programs can be accredited through national organizations. Accrediting agencies are not governmental entities, but rather voluntary, cooperative associations of schools and scholars. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation's website offers a more in-depth introduction to accreditation.
Accreditation provides the prestige of national recognition and the assurance of quality for students, parents and other members of the community. The institution benefits as well from the self-reflection, self-improvement, and peer counsel that are part of the accreditation process.
The federal government enters the accreditation picture not through direct oversight, but through financial aid. To ensure that federal financial aid is well spent, the U.S. Department of Education provides financial aid only to students of accredited institutions. The USDOE thus recognizes and validates the work of the regional accrediting agencies in the peer review process, but also bears influence on accrediting agencies and accredited institutions through financial aid regulations.
Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited as a whole by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the oldest accrediting agencies, founded in 1895. Six of our academic programs are nationally accredited by appropriate accrediting bodies.
In addition to accreditations, Indiana Wesleyan University is affiliated with a number of communities and associations that provide connections for cooperation and accountability.
As part of the comprehensive review of the institution by the Higher Learning Commission in the spring of 2010 that resulted in continued accreditation through 2020, Indiana Wesleyan University prepared an Institutional Report of self-study. The Institutional Report and related documents are available at the links below.
Many of the programs and academic divisions of Indiana Wesleyan University maintain other discipline-specific approvals and affiliations.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) American Association for Health Education (AAHE) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Indiana Department of Education (Teacher Education) Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (Athletic Training and Nursing) Indiana State Board of Nursing (Nursing) National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Institutional and Departmental Affiliations
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) American Chemical Society – Division of Chemical Health and Safety American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies (CSKLS) Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana (CAPNI) College Media Advisers/Associated Collegiate Press (CMA/ACP) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP)Indiana Association for Institutional Research (INAIR)Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) Indiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO) Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (Athletic Training and Nursing) Institute of Medicine (IOM) Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Mathematical Association of America (MAA) National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Communication Association (NCA) National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) National League for Nursing (NLN) National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI) Phi Alpha Theta (national history honor society) Pi Gamma Mu (international social sciences honor society) Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sigma Theta Tau (nursing honor society) Sigma Zeta (science and mathematics honor society) Society of Actuaries (SOA)