Bookmark and Share

Accreditation & Academic Quality Improvement Program

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation


NNMC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northern gained candidacy status in 1975, and full accreditation status in 1982. In 2001, we joined the HLC's Academic Quality Improvement Program.

What is AQIP?

AQIP stands for Academic Quality Improvement Program. It is one of two re-accreditation options offered by the Higher Learning Commission. AQIP accreditation operates cyclically. The reaffirmation of an institution's accreditation takes place every seven years. The appraisal of an institution's systems portfolio happens very four years. Action Projects are identified, planned, enacted, evaluated, and retired every twelve-eighteen months. And, an institution's systems portfolio is updated as significant new data develop and process improvements are designed.

Criteria for Accreditation

  • Higher Learning Commission Criteria