Purdue wraps up accreditation site visit

March 30, 2010

Purdue's accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission is now in the hands of the HLC review team and the commission after the review team's visit last week to the West Lafayette campus.

More than two years of preparation by the University culminated with the visit by a 14-member team on March 21-24. Team members met with various individuals and groups during the visit, verifying and inquiring about items in the self-study report in order to assess Purdue in relation to the HLC's criteria.

"We are so grateful to every one of the hundreds of faculty, staff and students who were part of this accreditation process," said Christine Ladisch, chair of the accreditation steering committee. "We had broad participation throughout the past two years and during the visit. The criterion teams worked hard at assessing our strengths and reporting on those strengths and our plans as we move forward. It's been a long but extremely rewarding process."

Mark Pagano, co-chair of the steering committee, said the review team visit was a good experience for the team and the Purdue community.

"The preliminary exit report was very positive," he said. "The team praised our students and many of our current campus initiatives."

A final report from the commission is expected within the next two months. The University, which is assessed every 10 years, has been accredited continually since 1913 and was last reviewed and fully accredited during 1999-2000.

The self-study document, which was the basis for the accreditation visit, is online at
www.purdue.edu/accreditation. In addition, a presentation about the process is online at mms://video.dis.purdue.edu/bns/General/Forum100311.wmv. PowerPoint slides from the presentation are at www.purdue.edu/president/media/PDFs/Presidents_Forum_3-11-10.pdf.