William Jewell is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The following departments are also accredited: Education by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Music by the National Association of Schools of Music; and Nursing by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Every 10 years, Jewell undergoes an institutional reaccreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission which gives us an important way to assess our overall effectiveness as a liberal arts college. William Jewell College has been continuously accredited since 1915, with our last survey process taking place in December 2018. The College received a favorable review and met all criteria set forth by the HLC. After a review board meets in April 2019, the final outcome of the survey visit will be made in June 2019.
Accreditation is the voluntary process of peer institutions working to assure that schools do what they claim to do. It provides a reasonably reliable external assessment of integrity and performance, and certifies to stakeholders, current and future students and the public that the institution is a quality institution and is managed according to accepted best practices. It includes every aspect of the institution, including finance, but its main focus is on whether the College provides services of value and effectively fulfills its mission. Being awarded accreditation ensures that an institution has been evaluated and that it met set standards of quality determined by the accrediting organization granting the accreditation.