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Accreditation, Approvals, and Memberships

Accreditation is a process by which colleges and universities are regularly evaluated by third-party agencies to ensure they are meeting standards for educational quality for the degrees they offer.

Augsburg University has been continuously accredited since 1954 by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accreditation agency that accredits colleges and universities in the United States. HLC conducts periodic reviews of accredited institutions to ensure they are meeting their standards of quality.

Several degree programs at Augsburg are also eligible for accreditation or approval by specialized agencies that ensure the quality of those programs in meeting their professional standards. The following Augsburg programs are accredited or approved by the appropriate agencies.

Agency Description Degree Programs
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Global accreditor for business education MBA
BA Accounting,
Business Administration (Music Business),
Business Administration/Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Accredits physician assistant programs in the United States MS Physician Assistant Studies
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Advanced the music therapy profession and approves music therapy degree programs BS Music Therapy
Master of Music Therapy
American Chemical Society (ACS) Scientific organization for advancing chemistry practice, approves baccalaureate chemistry programs BS Chemistry
American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) Scientific and professional organization for psychology in the United States, accrediting doctoral programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology Doctor of Psychology
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) National accreditor for baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing BS Nursing
MA Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) National accrediting agency for social work education in the United States Bachelor of Social Work
Master of Social Work
Minnesota Board of Nursing State board that approves nursing programs and regulates licensure DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) National accreditor for undergraduate, graduate, and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines BA Music
BS Music Therapy
Bachelor of Music
Master of Music Therapy
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) Approves programs in Minnesota that prepare candidates for teacher licensure BA/BS Elementary Education
BA English as a Second Language
BA Special Education: Academic Behavioral Strategist

(See Education Department for full list of approved programs for licensure and endorsements)

Augsburg University is also an institutional member of the following associations

Agency Description
American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Advances the democratic purposes of higher education by promoting equity, innovation, and excellence in liberal education
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Represents institutions dedicated to high-quality evidence-based preparation of educators who are ready to teach all learners
American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) Dedicated to the advancement of higher education
Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) Consortium of private liberal arts colleges in the Twin Cities of Minnesota that shares academic programs and promotes student exchange
Campus Compact National coalition of colleges and universities committed to building democracy through civic engagement and community development/td>
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Association of independent nonprofit colleges and universities that provides services to improve the quality of education, administrative, and financial performance
Lutheran Education Conference of North America (LECNA) Promotes cooperation among Lutheran colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
Minnesota Private College Council Represents the private liberal arts colleges of Minnesota
National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Advances the development of the highest quality of graduate training in professional psychology
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Works to ensure quality physician assistant education

Augsburg University is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.