The University of South Dakota has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools in the USA since 1913.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools provides assurance to prospective students, parents and others that an institution of higher education meets the agency's clearly stated requirements and criteria.

Institutional accreditation is the standard against which colleges and universities are evaluated as a whole for the quality of their education activities. The HLC is an independent organization founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

As an accredited university, 98 percent of our computer science students found a job when they graduated.

The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. ( This is a required professional accreditation for our computer science program and signifies that the program has met standards essential to producing graduates who are ready to enter the field of computing.

As outlined in the university’s assessment plan, available from the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (, all academic departments at the University of South Dakota are responsible for the development and evaluation of department strategic goals and program student learning outcomes. The results of departmental assessment are reported annually and are subsequently evaluated by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment.

Transfer Equivalency Process at USD

All proposed transfer equivalencies are forwarded to the department chair for initial review. If the course has not been previously reviewed and approved for an equivalency, the chair will evaluate the description and/or the course syllabus for the appropriate learning objectives and assessments. If the documentation does not include a key objective found in the proposed USD course, the student requesting equivalency may be required to demonstrate competency in the appropriate content. This may occur through a written or oral exam or a combination of both. If the student demonstrates competency, equivalency for the course will be approved. If neither the course material nor the student evaluation confirms competency in the areas covered by the target course, the course will be transferred as non-equivalent elective credit. All recommendations made by the department chair are formally approved by the associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; denials must be confirmed by the assistant provost. No equivalencies can be established without consultation and approval by the appropriate academic units.

Courses that have undergone institutional review and are part of the USD’s transfer equivalency calculator will be automatically transferred in to USD. The Department of Computer Science will regularly review the equivalency calculator to determine equivalency.

The USD process for requesting transfer equivalencies utilizes Transfer Evaluation System by CollegeSource, which allows for tracking and archiving of all steps in the equivalency process. Sample documentation of the TES approval process may be provided upon request.