Accreditation & Assessment

The Office of the Provost oversees all accreditation and assessment activities across Washington University in St. Louis.

Higher-Learning-CommissionWe are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The office ensures Washington University’s compliance with all rules and requirements issued by the HLC concerning changes of and additions to the university’s academic programs. From September 22-24, 2014, Washington University underwent our 10-year on-site evaluation visit by a team of trained peer reviewers appointed by the HLC. For information about our 2014 reaccreditation process please go to

In addition to the university-wide accreditation, each of Washington University’s six schools is accredited in regular intervals by their school’s professional organization.

Assessment of student learning and assessment of student activities represent a vital part of Washington University’s periodic institutional accreditation mandated by the HLC.


About Assessment

Assessment is the process of documenting — usually in measurable terms — knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the individual learner and/or the learning community (class, department, program, school).

Assessment assists faculty and administrators in understanding and improving the student experience. Faculty identifies learning goals and assesses learning outcomes at the level of the course, department (majors and minors), school, or university.

In support of assessment, the Task Force on Undergraduate Education convened in 2010, producing a final report and next steps. Currently, the University Assessment Committee  provides guidance and support in this effort.