Accreditation is the process Universities and Colleges undergo to be recognized as being qualified to grant degrees in academic programs. Ball State earns accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission [HLC]. As of Fall 2013, BSU is pursuing the Open Pathway accreditation Model. As of January 2019, the lead department for the accreditation process is the Provost’s Office. Institutional Research and Decision Support work to support the accreditation process by providing data and analysis.