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: http://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/complaints.html

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@homeminimalist.net

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. The IBHE’s Institutional Profile for Governors State University is available on the IBHE website.

IBHE can also be contacted at:

Illinois Board of Higher Education
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/).

Copies of documents describing IBHE oversight of GSU can be obtained by contacting:

Governors State University
Office of the Provost

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


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 Agency

Contact Information

Accreditation Through Year

Addictions Studies

(MHS)

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)

 

NASAC

44 Canal Center Plaza

Ste 301

Alexandria, VA 22314

Ph: 703.741.7686

Fax: 703.741.7698

admin@nasacaccreditation.org

www.nasacaccreditation.org

2027

GSU information from NASAC:

http://nasac-accreditation.org/accreditation/nasac-accredited-programs/

Chemistry

(BS)*

 

 

 

*A program approved by ACS

American Chemical Society
(ACS)

ACS

1155 Sixteenth St, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Ph: 800.333.9511

service@acs.org

www.acs.org

2024

GSU information from ACS:

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/policies/acs-approval-program/data-reports.html

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

1140 19th St NW, Ste 400 Washington, DC 20036

Ph: 202.223.0077

caep@caepnet.org

www.caepnet.org

CAEP Accreditation –including

NSTA – NCTE – NCTM

2025

GSU information from CAEP:

http://caepnet.org/provider-search?state=IL&program=&tab=program#progresults

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

1140 19th St NW, Ste 400 Washington, DC 20036

Ph: 202.223.0077

caep@caepnet.org

www.caepnet.org

CAEP Accreditation – including

ACEI – NAEYC – ELCC

2025

GSU information from CAEP:

http://caepnet.org/provider-search?state=IL&program=&tab=program#progresults

Public Administration

(MPA)

Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

NASPAA

1029 Vermont Ave NW

Ste 1100

Washington, DC 20005

Ph: 202.628.8965

naspaa@naspaa.org

www.naspaa.org

2025

GSU information from NASPAA:

http://www.naspaa.org/accreditation/roster-accredited-programs

Accounting;

Business Administration;

Business & Applied Science;

Management Information Systems/Business Analytics

(BA, BS, MBA, MS)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

AACSB

777 S. Harbour Island Blvd.

Ste 750

Tampa, FL 33602

Ph: 813.769.6500

accreditation@aacsb.edu

www.aacsb.edu

2026

GSU information from AACSB:

http://www.aacsb.edu/accredited?F_Country=United+States&regions=americas&countries=united-states&states=illinois  

Communication Disorders

(MHS)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

CAA

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2200 Research Blvd. Ste 310

Rockville, MD 20850

Ph: 800.498.2071

accreditation@asha.org

http://caa.asha.org/

Complaints:

http://caa.asha.org/programs/complaints/

Awaiting final results of 2023 accreditation visit

GSU information from ASHA CAA:

http://apps.asha.org/eweb/ashadynamicpage.aspx?site=ashacms&webcode=caalisting&caacat=all

Health Administration

(BHA)

Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

AUPHA

1730 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Ste 810

Washington DC 20036

Ph: 202.763.7283

aupha@aupha.org

www.aupha.org

2026

GSU information from AUPHA:

http://www.aupha.org/resourcecenter/auphaprogramdirectory

Health Administration

(MHA)

Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME)

CAHME

PO Box 911

Spring House, PA 19477

Ph: 301.298.1820

info@cahme.org

www.cahme.org

April 2024

GSU information from CAHME:

http://www.cahme.org/advance3.1/PROFILE.php?profile=govstate

Nursing

(BSN/MSN/DNP)

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

ACEN

3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Ste 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

Ph: 404.975.5000

www.acenursing.org

Complaints:

http://www.acenursing.org/acen-accreditation-manual-policy-20/

www.acenursing.org/forms/ACENComplaintForm.docx

BSN, MSN, DNP - Fall 2026

GSU information from ACEN:

http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

Occupational Therapy

(MOT)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

ACOTE

6116 Executive Blvd, Ste 200

North Bethesda, MD 20852

Ph: 301.652.6611

accred@aota.org

www.acoteonline.org

Complaints:

http://acoteonline.org/about/compliments-complaints/

http://acoteonline.org/download/3641/

http://acoteonline.org/download/3643/

2029

GSU information from ACOTE:

http://acoteonline.org/schools/?cn-cat-in%5B%5D=&cn-cat-in%5B%5D=&cn-cat-in%5B%5D=&cn-region=IL

Physical Therapy

(DPT)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

CAPTE

3030 Potomac Ave, Ste 100

Alexandria, VA 22305

Ph: 800.999.2782

www.capteonline.org

www.apta.org

Complaints:

http://www.capteonline.org/complaints

Ph: 703.706.3245

accreditation@apta.org

2031

GSU information from CAPTE:

http://aptaapps.apta.org/accreditedschoolsdirectory/AllPrograms.aspx

Social Work

(BSW/MSW)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

CSWE

333 John Carlyle St, Ste 400

Alexandria, VA 22314

Ph: 703.683.8080

Fax: 703.683.8099

info@cswe.org

www.cswe.org

2024

GSU information from CSWE:

http://www.cswe.org/accreditation/directory/?keyword=governors+state+university&pg=

Counseling

(MA in Clinical Mental Health, Marriage and Family, or School Counseling)

(Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision)

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

CACREP

500 Montgomery St, Ste 350

Alexandria, VA  22314

Ph: 703.535.5990

cacrep@cacrep.org

www.cacrep.org

Complaints:

http://www.cacrep.org/for-programs/cacrep-policy-document/#policy12.a

http://www.cacrep.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/CACREP-Complaint-Form.docx  

2022

GSU information from CACREP:

http://www.cacrep.org/directory/ 

Family Development Center (FDC)

Awarded the Gold Circle of Quality status by the State of Illinois’s Quality in Early Childhood Education

ExcelRate Illinois

1226 Towanda Ave

Bloomington, IL 61701

Ph: 866.697.8278

Fax: 309.828.1808

http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/how-it-works/licensed-child-care/gold-circle-of-quality

2025

 


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@homeminimalist.net

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

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U.S. News - Best Colleges Reports

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