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Elmhurst University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Higher Learning Commission
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Elmhurst University maintains specialized accreditations where required for its educational programs.

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Elmhurst University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  • The Department of Education continues to maintain its status with the Illinois State Board of Education through its State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board; most recently July 23, 2018.
  • The Elmhurst University entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is acoteonline.org.
  • The Chemistry program at Elmhurst University is accredited and approved by the American Chemical Society, and thus graduates are certified to have met ACS program standards. The program is to submit its five-year review June 1, 2019.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is accredited through June 30, 2022.
  • Reaccreditation and Public Meeting Announcement:The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) will be completing a site visit to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders program of Elmhurst University for the purpose of reaccreditation on February 21-22, 2022. A Public Meeting will be held on Monday, February 21 from 5:45-6:15 p.m. via Zoom. All interested parties (e.g., clinic clients, former students, community members and academic members of Elmhurst University) are welcome to join the Zoom meeting with accreditation site visit team and to provide personal observations and experiences related to the graduate program’s compliance with the CAA’s accreditation standards.

    The CAA is a nationally recognized accrediting agency. As part of the CAA’s recognition by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the agency is encouraged to develop a method for allowing public input about the accreditation process and about graduate education programs prior to final decision by the CAA. Accordingly, individuals who wish to provide input about a program seeking initial accreditation may do so in two ways: (1) submitting written comments prior to the accreditation site visit in accordance with the procedures specified below or (2) attending and providing comments at a public meeting during the program’s scheduled site visit. All comments provided must: 1) relate to a program’s compliance with the published Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards) in effect at the time comments are submitted, and 2) identify the specific program seeking reaccreditation with the CAA. Comments not meeting these requirements will not be considered, and the individual or group commenting will be so notified.

    Individuals who wish to submit written testimony about any program scheduled for a site visit must adhere to the following procedures: 1) All comments about education programs are due in the Accreditation Office no later than 15 days before the first day of the scheduled site visit. Comments received after this time will not be forwarded to the site visit team for consideration during the accreditation review, 2) All written testimony—including comments faxed or submitted as e-mail attachments–must include the commenter’s name, address and telephone contact information and the commenter’s relationship to the program in order for Accreditation staff to verify the source of the testimony. All comments must be signed.

    Comments should be submitted to: Accreditation Public Comment Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2200 Research Boulevard, #310 Rockville, MD 20850 accreditation@asha.org Fax: 301-296-8570

    A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, calling ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, or accessing the documents online at http://caa.asha.org/.

    Please contact Dr. Ruiying Ding, Professor and Graduate Program Director, at (630) 617-3107 or ruiying.ding@elmhurst.edu to RSVP and a link with be provided for the Zoom meeting.

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