Communal Discernment: Reaffirmation 2018

Carroll Hall

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the North Central region. Regis University’s most recent comprehensive evaluation was in 2018, and the institution remains in good standing.

Regis and the Open Pathway

“The Open Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining their accreditation with HLC. It follows a 10-year cycle and, like all pathways, is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. The Open Pathway is unique in that its improvement component, the Quality Initiative, affords institutions the opportunity to pursue improvement projects that meet their current needs and aspirations.” (

The Open Pathway requires the following activity:

Regis University’s Open Pathway schedule, specifically, is as follows:

November 2018 Comprehensive visit
March 2021 – March 2022 Criterion Teams provide draft assurance argument updates and evidence files
Fall 2021 – Summer 2022 Multi-Location Evaluation Visit
July – August 2022 Community review and feedback of draft argument
August 2022 Submission of Assurance Argument for 11/22 review
November 2022 Assurance Review
Spring 2023 Submit proposed Quality Initiative to HLC for approval
Fall 2023 – Summer 2026 Quality Initiative completion
August 2026 Submit Quality Initiative Report to HLC
Sept. 2026 – March 2028 Criterion Teams provide draft assurance argument content and evidence files
August 2028 Community review and feedback of draft argument
October 2028 Submit Assurance Argument, Evidence Files, and Federal Compliance Filing
November 2028 Comprehensive Evaluation Visit

Regis University Goals for Accreditation