August 7, 1969
On this day, the undergraduate academic programs of IUPUI received separate national accreditation, the highest obtainable, after rigorous evaluations of their operations and resources by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
With the creation of a combined campus in Indianapolis came new accreditation requirements for many of the undergraduate programs. Preexisting professional schools as such the IU School of Dentistry and Herron School of Art had received accreditation by their respective professional bodies: the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association for one and the National Association of Schools of Art for the other. Prior to the merger of the two Indianapolis campuses to create IUPUI, undergraduate programs in the city had been covered by accreditation of Indiana and Purdue universities generally. The January 1969 merger required a new review. NCA reviewers visited the downtown and 38th Street campuses and accredited IUPUI for three years, adding that NCA would return in three years to begin a regular ten-year schedule of accreditation. IUPUI's first regular NCA accreditation cycle occurred in 1972. IUPUI began preparations for it in March 1971, when Chancellor Maynard K. Hine appointed James R. East, then associate dean of the Downtown Campus, to chair an Executive Committee to prepare a self-study.
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