Accreditation is the process whereby an outside organization certifies a college or university as meeting certain requirements of excellence. Accreditation is an important “stamp of approval.” Accredited colleges and universities have proven to their peers that they are deeply committed to educational quality and improvement.
The North Central Association is an organization of colleges and universities from nineteen states, including Ohio. The University of Cincinnati is a member of the North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission is a main division of the North Central Association, and it is the Higher Learning Commission that accredits the colleges and universities in the North Central Association. We often use the acronyms HLC and NCA.
Yes. The University of Cincinnati has a long history of accreditation, dating back to 1913. The first campus visit for accreditation review took place in 1969. Since then, the University of Cincinnati has been re-accredited by HLC/NCA every ten years following a self study and campus visit.
The self study is a process during which faculty and administrators take a very close look at the entire university, documenting its strengths and its challenges in a written report. Before the writing begins, self study team members attend campus meetings, interview people, collect research and data, and review important documents. The self-study is a unique opportunity for the university to take stock of itself—celebrating its successes and discovering areas for continued improvement.
Yes! All aspects of the university are represented in the self-study. Although different colleges, programs, and departments have their own accreditation cycles, this accreditation process is for the entire University of Cincinnati. In other words, this is the big one.
There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution. Here are a few of them:
The report will be finished, and submitted to HLC/NCA, in March 2009.
During this visit, a team of consultant-evaluators representing HLC—all of whom are affiliated with an accredited college or university—will interview students, faculty, and staff; read and review documents and data; and tour the campus. The purpose of the visit is to validate the evidence and examples contained in the written report and to make recommendations to HLC concerning continued accreditation.
During the fall quarter of 2009.
The self study process is meant to reflect the opinions, values, and experiences of all students. In the fall of 2008, a final draft of the self study report will be available to the entire UC community. We encourage you to read this draft and to provide feedback. In addition, there are two student representatives on the steering committee: Student Body President Ryan Rosensweig and Speaker of the Senate Kyle Snider. Please contact them if you would like to get more involved.