Office of Academic Assessment

 

 

 

HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION REACCREDITATION AND EXPECTATIONS FOR ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING

 

Over the past several years, the Higher Learning Commission has been changing the process for granting accreditation to colleges and universities.  Reaccreditation no longer consists largely of a report put together during the last two years before the reaccreditation visit.

 

The new process, called Pathways, has revised criteria for accreditation and a new system for the review/reaccreditation process as a whole with:

 

•ongoing collection of evidence over the ten-year review cycle,

•a mid-cycle reporting point, and

•the completion of a major quality initiative by the end of the cycle. 

 

The links below provide information on the Pathways system:

 

Guiding Values

New Criteria for Accreditation

The Open Pathway: An Overview

Open Pathway Booklet (complete information)

Open Pathways Schedule for UNI

The Pathways Quality Initiative

 

The assessment of student learning is a key component of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. The links below are intended to provide information related to Higher Learning Commission expectations for assessment of student learning.

 

Pathways Values and Criteria Related to Assessment of Student Learning

Student Learning, Assessment and Accreditation

Guidelines for Evaluation of Distance Education (Developed in 2009 by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions and provided by HLC as a resource for HLC-affiliated nstitutions and HLC peer reviewers)