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Western Dakota Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). It has been placed on Probation because of concerns related to assessment of student learning, persistence and completion rates, and institutional effectiveness. Western Dakota Tech remains accredited by the Higher Learning Commission during the probationary period, and the finding does not affect the ability of students to receive degrees, diplomas, financial aid, Pell grants, or academic credits or to qualify for certification exams in any field.  As a condition of probation, Western Dakota Tech will submit plans and reports leading to a  comprehensive evaluation by September 2017. In February 2018, the HLC Board of Trustees will review materials related to this evaluation and determine if the college can be removed from probation.  Western Dakota Tech wants to answer any accreditation questions you have. Please contact Steve Buchholz, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement if you have questions. You also can contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604,, (800) 621-7440, and from the HLC website


Importance of accreditation

When considering any college program, we recommend checking to make sure that the program and the institution are accredited. Programs and institutions that are not accredited are not meeting standards set by accrediting agencies.

Western Dakota Tech and its programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; it has been placed on Probation. Western Dakota Tech is accredited to offer online degree programs.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Western Dakota Tech’s accreditation shows that Western Dakota Tech meets the rigorous standards set by the Higher Learning Commission.

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