Mount Union was first accredited on January 1, 1913, by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, commonly known as the North Central Association (NCA). In 2014, the NCA officially transitioned to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of six regional accreditors of postsecondary degree-granting institutions in the country. While various programs at Mount Union seek independent accreditation from various agencies, the institution itself has successfully reaffirmed its accreditation for over a century.
Mount Union currently follows the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway to HLC accreditation. A requirement of the AQIP pathway is the submission to HLC of a detailed appraisal of the University’s quality assurance, institutional improvements, and efforts to achieve continuous quality improvement. This appraisal, or Systems Portfolio, is the culmination of an intensive self-study and evidences the University’s quality of educational programs, financial and structural resources, and its integrity to support its mission. Mount Union submitted its Systems Portfolio in 2019 and is scheduled for a comprehensive evaluation by a peer-review team in 2020.