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HLC Accreditation

HLC United Tribes Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

In the spring of 1978, United Tribes was granted candidacy for accreditation status at the certificate-granting level by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1982, United Tribes was granted initial accreditation as "United Tribes Technical Center".

UTTC made a major change in 1987 and asked the North Central Association to accredit two of its vocational programs at the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree level. NCA conducted a review of the college and accredited two degrees, one in Licensed Practical Nursing and the other in Medical Records Technology. At the same time, the institution's name was changed to "United Tribes Technical College". Another accreditation review occurred in the spring of 1990 whereby NCA approved accredited degrees in the Business Clerical and Criminal Justice programs. In the summer of 1993, three additional programs - Automotive Service Technology; Art/Art Marketing; and Early Childhood Education - were accredited through 2001 by NCA. UTTC has the world's only Injury Prevention program at the AAS level. With the arrival of the new millennium and increased Tribal workforce needs, the college introduced new programs such as Tribal Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Computer Information Technology, and Medical Transcription & Coding.

In the spring of 2003, the College requested an institutional change from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA) to include authority to offer full degree programs online. NCA conducted a focus visit in April 2003 to evaluate the Online Education program and by November 2003, UTTC was approved to offer Early Childhood Education and Injury Prevention degrees online. In 2004, the College requested three additional degree programs for NCA approval, which was granted for Elementary Education, Health Information Technology, and Nutrition & Food Services. At the time, this made UTTC the only Tribal college in the U.S. with accredited online degree programs.

In 2011, UTTC successfully achieved reaffirmation for all Associate level degree programs,full authority to offer all degree programs on line, and approval of the institutional change to offer three Baccalaureate degree programs.

Along with HLC accreditation statusprograms at United Tribes Technical College are also approved and/or certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, the North Dakota Board of Nursing, the National Dietary Managers Association, North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board, and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.