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Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

HLC Video Tour: Examples of Excellence

Nearly a century ago, voluntary accreditation originated in the United States among higher education institutions. The University of Cincinnati’s history of accreditation dates back to 1913.

The re-accreditation process includes broad participation from across the university and involves preparing a comprehensive report examining the role of the university in five key areas.

Here’s a visual look at how UC exemplifies the five criteria for re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association – from our research with a worldwide impact, to the transformation of campus, to our civic-minded students.

Criterion One: Mission & Integrity

The organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the board, administration, staff and students.
Proudly Cincinnati

Proudly Cincinnati – Tower of Strength, Rock of Truth

The campaign for the University of Cincinnati will focus on support for scholarships, great teaching and excellence in research and will further combine UC’s strengths in student life, academics, athletics, research, facilities, international focus and diversity to make each facet of the university an international benchmark.

Proudly UC

Proudly UC

UC is one of the nation’s top public research institutions and the region’s largest employer, with a student population of more than 37,000. View the TV spot that demonstrates what UC Pride looks like.

CARE/Crawley Building

CARE/Crawley Building – Health in the 21st Century

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is ushering in a new era of discovery with the grand opening of the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building, an architecturally distinct landmark on the medical campus.

UC Move-In 2008

UC Marks the Highest Number of Students in 18 Years

View highlights of the move-in for fall 2008.

Ryan Rosensweig

Accreditation & Convocation

View remarks at Convocation about accreditation from Student Body President Ryan Rosensweig.

Ohio G.I. Promise

Veterans Ceremony Highlights Ohio G.I. Promise

UC announces plans to become the preeminent destination for America’s veterans.


Worldfest – Celebrating a World of Cultures

Worldfest is just one example of the programming that celebrates and reflects on UC’s diversity. Take a look back at Worldfest 2008 through photos and video

Criterion Two: Preparing for the Future

The organization’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
Nancy Zimpher

State of the University Address: President Focuses on Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century

In her annual State of the University Address, UC President Nancy L. Zimpher announces plans to convert from quarters to semesters.

Engineering Student

$420 Million PACE (in kind) Contribution the Largest in UC History

UC is the first school in Ohio to ever receive this prestigious award which will further design and engineering education.


Technology in the 21st Century

A UC conference celebrates the history and future of computing.


Growing the Number of STEMM Graduates

New scholarship programs and K-13 partnerships are geared toward making UC a destination for building qualified candidates for future professions in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM). UC’s annual Science and Engineering Expo – open to students in grades 7-12 across a five-county region in southwest Ohio – is just one example of these many partnerships.

Criterion Three: Student Learning and Effective Teaching

The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.

UC Celebrates a Record Number of Graduates

Spring Commencement 2008 marked the largest number of UC graduates in 20 years. View a slide show and the Webcast of the ceremony.

UC Professor

The Blackboard Success Story at UC

Blackboard products have helped enhance the overall learning environment for faculty and students at the University of Cincinnati.


2008 - New 24/7 Computer and Study Space at UC

Whether they’re burning the midnight oil or grabbing an hour of studying in the afternoon, a new state-of-the-art facility places UC students at the center of the university.

Halloween Costume

Students Get “Psyched” About the Personalities of Halloween

In an example of creative and effective teaching, Halloween becomes a lesson in psychology as students explore the good and evil of the personality.

Criterion Four: Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge

The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.
SAID Student Scuba Diving

Architecture and Interior Design Students Head to the Water

A new Extreme Environments design course has been a sink-and-swim experience for UC architecture and interior design students.

UC Tech Expo

UC Display of Applied Research Provides Track Record of Economic Development

A UC Tech Expo demonstrates the potential for economic development for the region.

Steve Chrzanowski

UC Co-op Contributes to Better Medicine

Bio-medical engineering co-op student Steve Chrzanowski has been involved with research at UC’s Academic Health Center and now at the Texas Heart Institute – seeking to better drug delivery in the future.

Showcase 2008

Check Out Highlights from Showcase 2008

Showcase is a service to the region’s business community and offers a look at the best of UC’s first-rate research with proven commercialization success or great partnership potential. Read and watch video highlights of some of UC’s exhibits from Showcase 2008

Criterion Five: Engagement and Service

As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.
Innocent Man Freed

UC Students Help Free Innocent Man Who Spent 18 Years in Prison

Students working as part of the Ohio Innocence Project, based in UC’s College of Law, discover the ultimate impact of their efforts.

Community Education

Community Education: Partnerships to Build Futures

UC grad students share insights from winning Formula One season with high-school girls hoping to be engineers and scientists in a one-day workshop funded by the National Science Foundation.

Habitat for Humanity

The Hammers Fall on UC’s Sixth  Partnership With Habitat for Humanity

This year, UC students also take part in the design of a home for a family with special needs.

Relay for Life

Students Celebrate Another Record Success for Overnight Relay

UC’s 2008 Relay For Life student-driven fundraiser for the American Cancer Society exceeds goals.

Students Donate Hair

Sororities and Scissors Lead Successful Cancer Benefit at UC

Donations result in real-hair wigs for women battling cancer. Watch the big cut!

Greek Week

Greek Organizations Exceed Fundraising Goals for Make-A-Wish

Students demonstrate why Greek Week is much more than just a week of fun and games.