LSTC receives affirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission November 21, 2019

Earlier this week, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) received affirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the school’s accrediting agencies. LSTC is proud to be a dually accredited seminary, fully accredited by its specialty accreditor, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) since 1945, and by its regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1982.

A letter from the HLC’s Board of Trustees sent to President James Nieman stated that it has removed the sanction of probation based on the school’s ability to demonstrate it meets HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

“This positive outcome resulted from the diligent efforts of our staff, faculty and students as well as the strong oversight of our board of directors,” Nieman said. “I am thankful for what everyone has done to make this happen and glad to be part of this faithful community at a time like this.”

“This affirmation of the excellence and vitality of theological education at LSTC is most welcome,” said Esther Menn, dean of academic affairs. “It empowers our learning community to move forward with a renewed and confident spirit.”

LSTC is on HLC’s standard accreditation pathway with its next comprehensive evaluation for reaffirmation of accreditation to be scheduled during the 2023-24 academic year.


Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President

Jan Boden
Communications Manager

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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