Accreditation and Affliations

Accreditation is a voluntary process which may be undertaken by schools to demonstrate compliance with specific standards designed to indicate a level of education quality. Brown College's Mendota Heights and Brooklyn Center campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the ED and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This indicates that Brown College substantially meets or exceeds the stated criteria of education quality established by ACICS, and approved by the ED and CHEA. This recognition of institutional accreditation by ACICS also entitles Brown College to offer Title IV Financial Assistance to students who qualify.

An additional form of accreditation that a school may undertake to obtain is a specific, individual accreditation of certain programs (programmatic accreditation). Institutional accreditation is not the same as or a substitution for programmatic accreditation. Although programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, the existence of programmatic accreditation is a further indication that a program meets the standards of the profession, and may therefore indirectly enhance employment opportunities. Also, in some cases, programmatic accreditation will allow the graduates of the accredited program to sit for some credentialing exams immediately upon graduation without any requirement of work experience.

Institutional Accreditation

Brown College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • ACICS
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State Information

Brown College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions, The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is located at 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108-5227; www.ohe.state.mn.us. The office may be contacted at (651) 642-0533.

Brown College is approved as a degree-granting institution by the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (EAB) located at 30 W. Mifflin St. 9th Floor PO Box 8696 Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8696; http://eab.state.wi.us. The office may be contacted at (608) 266-1996.

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the School’s grievance procedure which can be found in the Catalog. The school’s grievance procedure allows for the prompt resolution of grievances. For additional state contact information, please click here.

Mendota Heights Campus Affiliations

  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Eligible institution under the Federal Stafford Loan Program (FSL) and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate students (FPLUS)
  • Eligible institution for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Pell Grant and Federal Work Study (FWS) programs
  • Eligible institution for Minnesota student grants, Minnesota Work Study and Student Educational Loan Fund program (SELF)
  • Approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code
  • Approved by the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to offer our educational programs to qualified recipients
  • Minnesota Career College Association
  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Dakota County Chamber of Commerce

Brooklyn Center Campus Affiliations

  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Eligible institution under the Federal Stafford Loan Program (FSL) and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate students (FPLUS)
  • Eligible institution for Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Pell Grant and Federal Work Study (FWS) programs
  • Eligible institution for Minnesota student grants, Minnesota Work Study and Student Educational Loan Fund program (SELF)
  • Approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code
  • Approved by the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to offer our educational programs to qualified recipients
  • TwinWest, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Minnesota Career College Association

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