Every institution of higher learning in the United States undergoes periodic reviews to maintain accreditation and to ensure the quality of the institution. The accrediting body for Illinois Wesleyan University is the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA).

IWU was last reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in October 2016 using the Standard Pathway model. As part of that review, IWU’s Accreditation Leadership Team prepared a report which addressed the five criteria for maintaining accreditation using data gathered from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees, as well as the community at large, followed by a campus visit by the review team. In January 2017, the Higher Learning Commission voted to continue IWU's accreditation.

IWU’s next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2022-2023.  The University will continue to follow the processes outlined in the HLC’s Standard Pathway model. Instead of a focused process at the end of a ten-year accreditation cycle, the Standard Pathway seeks to reduce the reporting burden on institutions by using existing information and data and collecting them in electronic form as they naturally occur and conducts comprehensive evaluations twice in a ten-year cycle.  To view a chart of IWU’s accreditation cycle, please click here.