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The office of the Associate Provost for Academic Programs (APAP) is responsible for campus reporting of accreditation/affiliations as required by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).  We are here to guide you throughout the review process.  This syllabus was created to assist you with responsibilities and expectations of your department in order to achieve a successful accreditation of all graduate programs (accreditation of all undergraduate programs is strongly encouraged to follow the same APAP procedures as graduate programs).


Accreditation is a review process for a degree program or academic unit to demonstrate the ability to meet predetermined criteria and standards. The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals in the discipline and are intended to reflect what graduates need to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession. In substance, accreditation refers to a program's participation with a non-SIU body to examine the current "state of health" of each department’s degree programs. The accreditation process affords an opportunity to determine whether the program meets the goals of the industry and institution and then facilitates the establishment of corrective actions necessary for compliance. Foundational to the quality of all degree programs and their improvement is the assessment of student learning outcomes, a major expectation of the IBHE and the Higher Learning Commission.

To see the full syllabus, click here.