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The Accreditation Process

Fontbonne University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an organization that accredits over 1,000 institutions of higher learning in 19 states. An institutional accrediting body evaluates an entire organization and accredits it as a whole. It assesses formal educational activities and also evaluates governance and administration, financial stability, admissions, and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationship with outside constituencies.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that has two fundamental purposes: quality assurance and institutional and program improvement. Fontbonne University participates in this process to ensure that its programs fulfill its mission: to educate students to think critically, to act ethically, and to assume responsibility as citizens and leaders.

For our most recent accreditation, a team of over 80 faculty and staff members from Fontbonne assisted in the preparation of the self-study, which addresses how well Fontbonne meets the criteria for accreditation.

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Academic Accreditations

 The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|CCNE

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing Fontbonne University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


The Council on Social Work Education | CSWE


University Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

(Students seeking Missouri teaching licensure/certification while completing their degree will need to meet the requirements detailed in the links below.)

Fontbonne University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed below have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2030. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

AAQEP-Accredited Programs at Fontbonne University:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Math Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching

Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)(


Council on Education of the Deaf (CED)(


Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

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