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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.


Recent News

Commission Seeking New Peer Reviewers

The Commission is currently seeking new members for its Peer Corps. The Commission relies upon the work of peer reviewers for its accrediting activities. These volunteers generously share their knowledge and experience to assure and advance institutional quality. Learn more and apply today!

Apply for the Academy for Student Persistence and Completion

The Commission is currently accepting applications for the second cohort of its Academy for Student Persistence and Completion. The Academy, which was launched in December, is designed to build an institution's capacity to improve persistence and completion of its students. The curriculum focuses on effective collection of data, evaluation and improvement of current strategies, and development of new strategies. Because institutions are at very different stages in collecting, analyzing, and using data to improve persistence and completion, the Academy offers two tracks: one to serve institutions that are just starting that process, as well as one for those with data systems already in place. Institutions interested in participating in the Academy should review the Academy Overview and submit an application by February 7.

New Dual Credit Guidelines for Institutions and Peer Reviewers

The Commission has established guidelines regarding the assurance of academic integrity of dual credit programs and courses at accredited institutions. They will be effective for comprehensive evaluations beginning in September 2014. Based on the findings of a Commission study of dual credit practices in the United States, the guidelines are written to address the scope of regional accreditation with regard to dual credit programs and courses and are linked to the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

Report of November Board Actions

Proposed Policy Changes  

The Board approved on first reading the following proposed revised policies. The Commission invites comments on these proposed policies before the Board takes final action in February 2014. Comments can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Comments must be received by January 10, 2014.

Policy changes related to distance education approvals
Policy changes related to removal of expedited desk review
Policy changes related to sanction and withdrawal
Policy changes related to student survey

This policy change would allow the Commission to conduct a survey of student satisfaction to be used by peer review teams visiting institutions as part of comprehensive evaluations for initial candidacy, initial accreditation, and reaffirmation of accreditation. See the Student Satisfaction Survey Overview and Sample for more information.

Adopted Policy Changes  

The Board adopted the following revised policies. They are effective immediately.
Policy changes related to courses at a new level

Institutional Actions    

The Board of Trustees took action on a number of institutions. These actions will be posted on the Commission's website.

Registration Open for 2014 Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Commission’s 2014 Annual Conference, to be held April 10-14 in Chicago. The Conference offers a broad range of sessions and services that include pre-conference workshops, more than 100 general program sessions, an Exhibit Hall, and an Accreditation Share Fair. Each year, more than 4,000 administrators and faculty from more than 850 higher education institutions attend the Conference. Register today!

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