About Reaccreditation

What is HLC?

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the 19 states including Indiana. 

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is formal recognition of the quality of an educational institution. Accreditation is granted by HLC as a result of a systematic evaluation of the institution as a whole. Their evaluation will include a review of educational activities, governance, administration, financial stability, admissions, student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies.

Why is institutional accreditation important?

Institutional accreditation provides recognition that an institution meets certain quality standards. Accreditation means that credits and degrees earned will be respected by employers and other educational institutions. Accreditation facilitates transferability of coursework and it provides access to student financial aid and certain federal funding opportunities.

More information on the accreditation criteria can be found here.

The accreditation process consists of two Main Components:

  1. The Assurance Review - An extensive self-evaluation, which provides Purdue’s written case for reaccreditation.
  2. The HLC campus Visit Oct. 14-15
    Eight HLC peer-review team members will visit campus and conduct planned and ad hoc interviews with a range of stakeholders, including the president, provost, Board of Trustees, deans, University senate leadership, department heads, faculty, staff and students. The HLC team members determine with whom they will meet.

Purdue will be evaluated according to the following five criteria, which are the primary subjects of the written study and the on-campus visit:

  1. Mission  - What are we working toward? Is our mission clear, and does it guide our operations?
  2. Integrity - Are we transparent? Do we act ethically and responsibly?
  3. Teaching and Learning - Do we provide a high-quality education and the resources and support to back our students’ success?
  4. Assessment - How do we evaluate our performance and student learning outcomes? Do we actively strive to improve?
  5. Planning - What is our plan for the future? Are we adequately prepared to accomplish our mission?

HLC Reaccreditation team members: 

  • Marius Boboc, (Chair) Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Cleveland State University
  • Malinda M. Matney, Director of Assessment, CRLT, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Jonathon S. Overocker, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Lesley Ann Cottrell, Professor, West Virginia University
  • Gary Sandefur, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Oklahoma State University
  • Elaine M. Klein, Associate Dean of Academic Planning and Director of University General Education, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Brian Rigling, Professor, Wright State University
  • Mardy T Eimers, Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Quality Improvement, University of Missouri - Columbia

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