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Accreditation and Affiliations

HLC Accreditation

Southwest Baptist University is fully accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(312) 263-0456

Accredited (Probation) Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. SBU is still fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. SBU’s status has changed from Accredited to Accredited (Probation).

No. SBU is still fully accredited. Accredited (Probation) status does not affect students’ grades, degrees, or eligibility for any state or federal programs. This action is based on governance issues and is not a reflection on the quality of SBU’s academic programs, faculty, or staff.

All degrees awarded by SBU prior to and during this status change timeframe always will carry the authority of being granted by an accredited university.
Among 18 Core Components, the Higher Learning Commission found SBU out of compliance in three. SBU and its Board of Trustees have already taken substantive steps to address these concerns, and HLC’s communications with us have noted the progress SBU has made.
The Higher Learning Commission determined that SBU was not in compliance with three out of 18 Core Components regarding governance matters. HLC findings acknowledge the efforts SBU has made toward addressing the deficiencies, but more time is needed to sustain a pattern of evidence toward full compliance. This next season will allow HLC an opportunity to observe our continued commitment to addressing the deficient Core Components.
SBU’s President, Board of Trustees, and faculty leadership have already taken several steps to address these matters, and we will continue working closely with the Higher Learning Commission during this period to make certain that we have addressed the areas of concern. We will also keep the SBU community informed of our progress.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the United States. SBU is committed to continuing a relationship with HLC.
In addition to providing assurance that a university is fulfilling its mission and providing a quality education, Higher Learning Commission accreditation is necessary for the institution to receive federal funding, including student financial aid.
SBU has held HLC accreditation continuously since 1957. Our most recent reaffirmation of accreditation took place in January of 2020 and all criteria were met with no concerns.
The period of Accredited (Probation) is not more than two years. SBU will submit an Assurance Filing to HLC and will undergo a Comprehensive Evaluation by HLC in 2023.
Please let us know. Reach out to Levi Fox, SBU’s accreditation liaison officer with the Higher Learning Commission, at (417) 328-2072 or

Additional Program Accreditations

Specific programs at Southwest Baptist University are accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
(913) 339-9356

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
(Computer science and cybersecurity programs only)
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 347-7700

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jefferson State Office Building
205 Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
(573) 751-4212

National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 437-0700

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-3245

Council on Social Work Education
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-8080

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
(312) 704-5300

The ASN and PLBSN degrees have full approval status granted by:
Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
(573) 751-0618


Southwest Baptist University is a member of:

  • Consortium of Global Education
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
  • International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities
  • Missouri Baptist Convention
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

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