Carthage has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916, when the association became the primary accrediting agency for schools in the Midwest. (Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1-800-621-7440.)
Additional accreditation or approval has been granted by such agencies as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Chemical Society, and other state departments of public instruction. Accreditation is also granted by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The undergraduate major in social work prepares students for beginning professional social work practice and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The teacher education programs for positions in elementary/middle, secondary, and physical education are fully certified by the state of Wisconsin.
In addition to accreditation, Carthage maintains membership in the American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, American Association of College and University Summer Sessions, American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of College Admission Counselors, the American Association of University Professors, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Carthage is approved by the American Association of University Women.