When it comes to university accomplishments, few things are as important as earning and maintaining accreditation. From being able to offer financial aid to students to keeping programs funded, it is a process that is critical to keeping our doors open to students. But even better than achieving accreditation? Being an institution so respected that you are asked to help pioneer a new accreditation process that will change the way universities across the nation are measured.

For Pittsburg State University, our regional accrediting body is the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC). Pittsburg State University has successfully maintained continuous regional accreditation since 1915. In 2009, PSU was selected to be one of a handful of higher institutions of learning to help lead the way in a new and different approach to accreditation: instead of following the traditional model, which includes an exhaustive self-study, the university will test out a new model of accreditation, one that focuses on a major quality initiative or improvement "Pathway."

For Pittsburg State, our Pathway involves assessment and improvement of student learning. Follow us this year as we embark on a major initiative of assessing and improving student learning and help lead a new process that could radically change university accreditation across the region.