KGI, which includes the Minerva Schools at KGI, is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of the major regionally based accreditors in the United States. Accreditation is a rigorous quality assurance process that involves the submission of extensive and detailed self-evaluation reports by the accredited institution, visits conducted by experienced peer reviewers, and final decisions made by a governing body composed of both public members and highly regarded academics from a variety of institutions. Institutions must demonstrate that they have met the Standards of Accreditation, which reflect good practice in higher education and encompass both capacity (inputs such as financial resources, governance, and qualified faculty) and effectiveness (outcomes such as student achievement, learning, and completion rates). The processes are carefully designed and implemented to ensure deep examination of all aspects of the institutions and to verify compliance with these Standards.
KGI and Minerva Project entered into an affiliation in 2013, under which KGI would establish the Minerva Schools at KGI (MSKGI) and seek approval of the KGI-Minerva relationship and the programs that MSKGI would offer. WSCUC approved the relationship and all the currently offered programs, including the five undergraduate degrees, Master of Science in Decision Analysis, and Cornerstone Curriculum Certificate.
Minerva Schools have thrived under KGI’s leadership and guidance. As planned from the outset, Minerva Schools is seeking to become separately accredited from KGI and to operate as Minerva University. Minerva Institute, a non-profit, tax-exempt entity, was founded in 2013 to become the eventual home for Minerva University upon the grant of initial accreditation by WSCUC. In anticipation of this change, in July 2019 Minerva Institute assumed responsibility for funding and operating Minerva Schools.
In May 2020, WSCUC found Minerva Institute eligible to apply for accreditation. This status is defined as follows:
The Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the institution is eligible to proceed with an Application for Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within five years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy or Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at https://www.wscuc.org/contact or (510) 748-9001.
Minerva Institute has since submitted an application for Initial Accreditation and a Seeking Accreditation Visit Report 1. A peer review visit is scheduled for April 14-16, 2021.