The Department of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs provides support for the University's accreditation review process. Shawnee State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Shawnee State University has been accepted to membership in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) for the Higher Learning Commission. This alternative route to accreditation emphasizes institutional improvement through continuous implementation of action projects, institutional self-assessments, and reporting through a systems portfolio that documents improvement.
Additionally, several programs are also accredited by national professional associations.