Institutional Accreditation

Kettering University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In July 2014, the HLC continued our accreditation through 2023-24.  In 2017, the HLC’s 4-Year Comprehensive Evaluation determined that Kettering met all Criteria for Accreditation and fulfilled all U.S. Department of Education requirements.

In November 2023, the Higher Learning Commission will carry out a 10-year Comprehensive Evaluation at Kettering University.  A team of peer reviewers appointed by the HLC will evaluate whether the institution meets the Criteria for Accreditation and other HLC requirements, is pursuing institutional improvement, and complies with requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education.











2017 Year 4 Comprehensive Evaluation

In September 2017, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducted a Year 4 Comprehensive Evaluation at Kettering, a standard requirement that includes an assurance report (previously known as a self-study) and a campus visit.  The Commission’s 11/13/2017 Final Report on that evaluation may be found here.

Kettering University has been accredited since 1962 by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440 and (312) 263-0456.

Specialty Accreditations

The Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology [ABET] accredits eight degree programs at Kettering: Applied Physics; Engineering Physics; Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering; and Computer Science. 

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs [ACBSP] accredits degree programs in the School of Management.


Dr. Robert K. McMahan, President
Dr. McMahan oversees all institutional accreditation at the University.

Dr. James Z. Zhang, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Dr. Zhang oversees all program accreditation at the University.

Dr. Kathryn Svinarich, Chief of Staff
Dr. Svinarich serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission and is second in the line of communication with the HLC (after the President) regarding policies, practices and other institutional accreditation matters. She also disseminates information and answers questions within Kettering about HLC accreditation.


Program Accreditation

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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The following program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET:

  • Computer Science

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The following program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET:

  • Applied Physics

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The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits degree programs in the School of Management.

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