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Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

HLC/NCA Accreditation Timeline

Summer – 2007

  • Self-study coordinators complete self-study plan and timeline
  • Coordinators prepare draft outline of self-study report
  • Writing team chairs recruit writing team members
  • Self-study plan submitted to HLC/NCA staff liaison for feedback
  • Steering committee retreat as training for self-study process
  • Communication plan for self-study process developed
  • Coordinators and provost outline responses to issues noted in previous team report

Fall – 2007

  • Formal campus launch of HLC accreditation with provost and president
  • Writing teams prepare work plans and submit to self-study coordinators
  • Self-study writing teams begin work in assigned areas of responsibility
  • Coordinators attend writing team meetings to provide support 
  • Steering team meets monthly to review progress, emerging issues, and data needs
  • Steering team determines desired HLC/NCA team composition

Winter – 2008

  • Coordinators send HLC/NCA desired team competencies and confirm dates of campus visit
  • Writing teams prepare initial drafts of assigned sections of self-study report for steering committee review and feedback
  • Steering team meets monthly to review progress, emerging issues and data needs

Spring – 2008

  • Steering team meets monthly to review progress, emerging issues, and data needs
  • Steering team members participate in HLC/NCA self-study workshop during HLC annual meeting in Chicago
  • Writing teams complete drafts of self-study sections
  • Steering committee members review drafts to determine areas for additional study

Summer – 2008

  • Coordinators and provost review draft materials and prepare feedback for use by writing teams in preparation for final revisions
  • Coordinators send HLC/NCA their comments and suggestions about proposed team composition
  • Provost approves institution’s response to issues noted in the previous team report

Fall – 2008

  • Coordinators receive final list of HLC/NCA team members; list is shared with campus community
  • Writing teams prepare final revisions of report sections by Oct. 15
  • Draft of complete self-study report prepared and reviewed by steering committee by Nov. 15
  • Draft of self-study report made available to campus community for comment and suggestions during November and December
  • Coordinators meet with stakeholder groups as needed to gather feedback
  • HLC consultant reviews self-study report draft and attends steering committee meeting

Winter – 2009

  • Coordinators communicate with HLC team chair regarding campus visit plans
  • Steering committee meets to plan campus visit
  • In January, final draft prepared by coordinators, supported by appropriate experts
  • In February, visit by HLC team chair, Dr. Celestino Fernandez 
  • In March, self-study report prepared and sent, with supporting documents, to HLC/NCA and visiting team
  • In March, executive summary of self-study made available
  • Resource room established and organized
  • Team work room and resources finalized

Spring – 2009

  • Final schedule for campus visit set
  • Resource room and team work room ready
  • Campus visit, April 26-29

Summer – 2009

  • President receives draft of team report from HLC/NCA, shares with provost and steering committee, and responds with any corrections of fact
  • President selects panel to review team report and recommendations
  • Coordinators send all self-study documents to assigned panel members

Fall – 2009

  • President receives final commission action and recommendation
  • Commission actions communicated to campus community and stakeholders