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Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation
Preparing for UND’s 2017 Assurance Report to the HLC
The HLC has moved to what it calls a Pathways System for Accreditation https://www.hlcommission.org/Pathways/pathways.html, and UND is under what the HLC calls the Open Pathway. Institutions and the HLC interact with considerably more regularity under Pathways than was the case under the old system. In fact, institutions have three major “projects” that they complete within a 10-year accreditation cycle.
In Year 4 (2017 in the case of UND), the institution submits an Assurance Report. This report addresses all five accreditation criteria https://www.hlcommission.org/Criteria-Eligibility-and-Candidacy/criteria-and-core-components.html and the core components and sub-components for each criterion, just as occurred via the 2013 self-study. Although the narrative text within the Assurance Report is subject to significant word count constraints, the expectations for clear argument, links to evidence, and thoroughness of self-examination are the same. An HLC team will read our report and conduct a desk review – i.e., no team visit unless the report itself raises concerns.
In Years 5 through 9 (2018-22), the institution submits a Quality Initiative Proposal (QIP) which, once approved by the HLC, is completed and reported on in subsequent years. The QIP is an action plan for improvement, organized around something identified as an institutional need or priority. (Examples of possible projects involve conducting a comprehensive re-evaluation of mission and goals, participating in a benchmarking project with peer institutions, developing and implementing a comprehensive and improvement-focused assessment plan, partnering with a community college to develop a dual admission and curriculum plan, engaging in a LEAP-sponsored project, participating in a program offered through the Gardner Institute – and there are many others.) The HLC adds the caveat that institutions are allowed – even encouraged – to “take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial successes or partial failures.” In other words, they intend the QIP as an invitation to experiment in an effort to make a real difference on campus.
A final Assurance Report will be due in Year 10 of the cycle (2023). The 2023 Assurance Report will be accompanied by a federal policy compliance report (also filed in 2013 along with our self-study), and the entire process will culminate in a team visit to the UND campus.
Can you help?
Do you know someone who is well-suited to be part of this institution-wide effort – someone with a deep sense of institutional commitment, a reasonable amount of institutional knowledge and the willingness to learn more, and the capacity for leadership? If so, please submit that name! Nominations of individuals who might be well-suited to help with this effort will be collected through September 21. Contact Joan Hawthorne email@example.com to submit a name – or for more information.
The following are the updates to recommendations in UND's 2013 Self-Study for the Higher Learning Commission:
What's Changed Since Completion of the Self-Study