Accreditation

Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; (800) 621-7440. Additional information regarding accreditation, approval or licensure of the University is available upon request from Ingrid Gould, Associate Provost, (773) 702-8846, igould@uchicago.edu.

In addition to the University’s accreditation, various academic programs receive specialized accreditations. Information regarding accreditation, approval or licensure from individual academic programs is available upon request as follows:

  1. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    Accredited by: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
    Contact: Lisa Messaglia, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, (773) 702-8220, lisa.messaglia@chicagobooth.edu
  2. The University of Chicago Divinity School
    Accredited by: Association of Theological Schools
    Contact: Suzanne Riggle, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, (773) 702-8219, sriggle@uchicago.edu
  3. The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program
    Accredited by: Illinois State Board of Education
    Contact: Tinishia Legaux Washington, Interim Leader and Foundations Year Instructor, (773) 895-8071, tlegaux@uchicago.edu
  4. The University of Chicago Law School
    Accredited by: Association of American Law Schools
    Contact: Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, Associate Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law, (773) 834-5958, m-ferziger@uchicago.edu
  5. The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    Accredited by: Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    Contact: Halina Brukner, Dean for Medical School Education, (773) 702-4054, hbrukner@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu
  6. The University of Chicago Social Service Administration
    Accredited by: Council on Social Work Education
    Contact: Curtis McMillen, Professor and Deputy Dean for Curriculum, (773) 702- 1155, cmcmillen@uchicago.edu

Distance Education Programs Authorization

The University of Chicago is authorized to offer distance education programs through its participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

In keeping with SARA guidelines, as well as other applicable legal requirements, distance learners are afforded certain rights and protections, including the ability to bring complaints regarding a distance-learning program. Examples of issues that could lead to complaints include: veracity of recruitment and marketing materials; accuracy of information about tuition, fees and financial aid; and complete and accurate admissions requirements for courses and programs.

Complaints related to the University’s distance education programs should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students in the University (5711 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 or DOS-University@uchicago.edu). This office will investigate the complaint in a timely fashion, resolve the complaint, report the outcome to the complainant, and maintain a record of the complaint. This resolution process does not apply to complaints about grades or student conduct violations, which instead may be submitted and resolved through the established University of Chicago procedures for these types of matters.

If a complaining party is not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, students from participating SARA states may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (the Illinois SARA portal agency) with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedure described above. The Illinois Board of Higher Education’s online complaint system is available at http://complaints.ibhe.org/. Students may also contact the Illinois SARA Coordinator at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Nkechi Onwuameze (sara@ibhe.org, (217) 557-7382, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701).

Licensure

Many professions in the U.S. are regulated by state agencies that require individuals to obtain a license or certification as a condition of employment. States differ as to which professions are regulated in this manner. Common categories include, but are not limited to, legal services, social services, architecture, engineering, education, accounting and health care. The University of Chicago encourages any prospective student who is considering an online program that requires a professional license in the prospective student’s home state to contact the appropriate licensing body for guidance before embarking on an academic program located outside of that home state. Any current student who is enrolled in an online program that requires a professional license and is considering relocating to a new state is likewise encouraged to contact the appropriate licensing body in the new state for guidance relating to professional licensure. Prospective or current students may also contact the University Registrar at the University of Chicago with questions regarding professional licensure.