The accreditation of schools and colleges in the U.S. is overseen by several regional accrediting agencies. Colorado is one of 19 states whose schools and colleges are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission whose headquarters is located in Chicago. Accreditation by the HLC is required so that the University is able to provide its students with access to Federal Student Aid and Grant programs. Accreditation of the University of Colorado Denver encompasses both the Denver and Anschutz campuses.
From 1913-1970, all of the existing programs were accredited as part of the University of Colorado Boulder. Programs at the University of Colorado Denver were first accredited independently in 1970 and the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) was first accredited independently in 1980.
The cycle for accreditation is typically ten years. Prior to consolidation of the campuses in 2005, the previous accreditation visit to UCHSC occurred in 1998 and to the Denver campus in 2001. Following the consolidation of the Denver and Health Science campuses in 2005, the HLC conducted a focused visit that year that approved the university to apply for accreditation as a consolidated entity.
In 2011 the University of Colorado Denver submitted a self study for accreditation and hosted a visit to both the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses of a review team from the HLC in April 2011. That visit formally approved the accreditation of the university as the consolidated entity with no requirements for any further documentation or follow up reports.
The HLC scheduled the next accreditation review for April 26 -28, 2021 and the accreditation will again encompass both the Denver and Anschutz campuses. Prior to this visit the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus will submit a report on its quality Initiative project by June 1 2020 and the Assurance Argument in February/March 2021. A team of 6-10 peer reviewers who are trained by the HLC to review institutions, will visit the university on April 26 and 27 2021. The role of the team is to validate the evidence provided by the university in its assurance argument. To accomplish this goal, the team will hold meetings with university leadership as well as a cross section of faculty, staff and students from across the institution.