HLC Accreditation Process

UCCS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accrediting body for universities. Accreditation is vital for UCCS' continued ability to attract high quality students and faculty.

An HLC team visited UCCS November 14-15 as part of the current accreditation process. The team consisted of faculty from other universities with experience in evaluating campuses on a set of criteria. The visit by that team was part of an overall evaluation process to ensure the quality of the degrees and programs offered by the university. The visit also provided an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to revisit the UCCS role, mission and plans for the future.

Campus community members are encouraged to become familiar with the research and documents prepared for the HLC accreditation process.


Student retention is more than just a buzzword; it's an important piece of the mission of colleges and universities nationwide. At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, student retention is engrained into nearly everything that we do from our student-centered teaching and learning to our outstanding research and creative work that is to serve our community, state, and nation.

Strategic Plan

2012-2020 Strategic Plan

2016 Midpoint Review

UCCS Mission Vision and Values of Excellence as adopted by Regents, and Vision (Draft 1 and 2) and Values of Excellence and Comments

Strategic Goals

These goals were formulated based on comments submitted by members of campus at the October 20, 2011 Strategic Planning 2020 Conference. Within each document, you will find comments critiquing each goal submitted by members of campus.