Accreditation and Academic Program Reviews

Assessment of academic programs ensures that Iowa State University is providing excellence in all academic areas. Iowa State University goes through accreditation and program review processes on a regular basis to ensure excellence in program quality.


Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

In addition, numerous Iowa State University programs are accredited by specialized accrediting agencies (PDF).

Contact information for key Iowa State University offices

Academic Program Reviews

Per Board of Regents, State of Iowa policy, academic programs undergo a program review every seven years. The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost coordinates the scheduling of reviews with the academic colleges. See information on the process, timelines, and reporting expectations.


Effective October 12, 2020, the Iowa State University nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on October 12, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000


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Kelsey Gillen,
Director of Academic Quality and Undergraduate Education,