Regional Accreditation

Academic excellence at Governors State University (GSU) demands that we meet the most rigorous standards. Governors State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Governors State University’s last reaccreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission was in 2020, and its accreditation status has been continued.

The Higher Learning Commission can be contacted at:

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Phone: 800.621.7440/312.263.0456
Fax: 312.263.7462
info@hlcommission.org

Any complaints regarding Governors State University may also be submitted via email at: complaints@hlcommission.org or via their web portal at: https://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/complaints.html

As a public university in the State of Illinois, Governors State University is also authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). IBHE maintains profiles of all recognized institutions and can be accessed via http://ibheprofiles.ibhe.org/.

IBHE can also be contacted at:

1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
Springfield, IL 62701-1377
Phone: 217.782.2551
Fax: 217.782.8548
TTY: 888.261.2881
info@ibhe.org 

Any complaints regarding GSU may be submitted via the IBHE Institutional Complaint Hotline (217.557.7359) or online via their Online Institutional Complaint System (http://complaints.ibhe.org/).

For copies of documents describing Governor State University’s accreditation with The Higher Learning Commission, please contact:

Governors State University
Office of the Provost

1 University Parkway
Room G351
University Park, IL
Phone: 708.534.4980
Fax: 708.534.8399
provost@govst.edu

Accredited Programs 

Additionally, the following programs at GSU have earned recognition by the identified accrediting agencies:

Please note: GSU is actively working to update the "Accreditation Through Year" column with the most current accreditation information and dates.

Program(s)

Accrediting Organization

Accreditation Through Year

Addictions Studies

Bachelors of Health Science in Community Health

Master of Health Science in Addiction Studies

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

Awaiting final results of 2021 accreditation visit

Chemistry, BS

American Chemical Society
(ACS)

2024

Secondary Education

(Biology, Chemistry, English, and Mathematics)

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

 (CAEP)

Biology and Chemistry – National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

English – National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Mathematics – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

CAEP Accreditation –including

NSTA – NCTE – NCTM

2025

Public Administration, MPA

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

2025

Accounting,

Business Administration,

Business and Applied Science, Management Information Systems/ Business Analytics

(BA, BS, MBA, MS)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB)

2022

Communication Disorders,

MHS

Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech -Language Pathology - ASHA

2023

Health Administration, BHA

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

2026

Health Administration, MHA

Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME)

Awaiting results of 2021 accreditation visit

Nursing, BSN/MSN

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

MSN – 2022

BSN - 2026

Occupational Therapy, MOT

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

2029

Physical Therapy, DPT

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE)

Awaiting results of 2021 accreditation visit

Social Work, BSW/MSW

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

2023

Elementary Education, BA,

Early Childhood Education, BA

Principalship, MA,

Superintendent, Ed.D.

 

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

 (CAEP)

Elementary Education – Association for Childhood Education – for Elementary Teachers (ACEI)

Early Childhood Education –

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

School Leadership – Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)

 

CAEP Accreditation – including

ACEI – NAEYC – ELCC

2025

Counseling

(Clinical Mental Health, Marriage and Family, School Counseling), MA, Counselor Education and Supervision, Ed.D.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

2022

 

 

 

As a part of our efforts, GSU is a proud member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. AASCU serves public higher education through student-centered advocacy, policy advisories, and state issue and policy analysis.

For copies of documents describing GSU’s programmatic accreditations with the accrediting agencies listed above, please contact:

Governors State University
Office of the Provost

1 University Parkway
Room G351
University Park, IL
Phone: 708.534.4980
Fax: 708.534.8399
provost@govst.edu

College of Education

College of Education

Learn the details of the accreditation of the College of Education.

College of Business

College of Business

Learn more about the AACSB accreditation of our College of Business.

College of Health and Human Services

College of Health and Human Services

Learn the details about the accreditation of our various programs in the College of Health and Human Services

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Learn about Program Specific Accreditation in the College of Arts and Sciences.

College Navigator

College Navigator

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U.S. News - Best Colleges Reports

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