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Vision Statement

Chadron State College aspires to be a premiere institution of higher education in the western High Plains states, innovatively pursuing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

Mission Statement

Chadron State College will enrich the quality of life in the region by providing educational opportunities, research, service, and programs that contribute significantly to the vitality and diversity of the region.

Chadron State College is proud of the accreditations, affiliation and recognitions that it has earned as an institution and also for specific program offerings.

Institution Accreditation

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 North Central region.
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Program Accreditation

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation may occur through various means: discipline-specific (social work); discipline-specific schools or colleges within universities (e.g. law schools), and in some cases stand-alone institutions, such as those serving the health industry. Not all academic disciplines have specialized accreditation entities such as history or literature. Some disciplines have more than one such as business, possessing three specialized accreditation bodies.

The following accreditation has been granted to CSC:

Teacher Education

Chadron State College is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation system for a period of seven years, from Fall 2013 through Spring 2020. As of 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation and administers NCATE accreditation.


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a professional accreditation agency , has awarded accreditation to the degree programs offered by the CSC Business Academy. The ACBSP emphasizes teaching excellence. Such accreditation matches our central purpose as a learner-centered institution.

Social Work

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country. CSWE accreditation is required for CSC graduates if they intend to be certified in the State of Nebraska and wish to practice as social workers. The CSC Social Work program is accredited by CSWE.

Program Affiliation


The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) named CSC as one of its National Affiliation of Music Business Institutions. NAMM is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the music products industry and promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. CSC is exploring accreditation with National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Chadron State College has been named one of 12 founding institutions selected to participate in a national project, "Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year". The project, jointly sponsored by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will develop a model of excellence for the first college year. The model will be designed for use by public colleges and universities to develop and refine their overall approach to educating new students. Funding for the two-year project has been provided by Lumina Foundation for Education and The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Newsweek/Kaplan College Catalog recognized Chadron State College in 2000 and 2001. The publication is designed to help high school students select the college they will attend. A statement of purpose says it is prepared after hundreds of high school guidance counselors across the nation are surveyed. In 2001 it listed Chadron State as one of 26 "schools that offer a high level of individual attention from faculty" and one of 33 "schools that are responsive to individual student financial aid needs."

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