HLC Frequently Asked Questions



Has UC undergone accreditation before?

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 every ten years following a self-study and campus visit. The last review was in 2009.

I know that UC is undergoing a self-study as part of the accreditation process. What does this self-study involve?

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, conduct interviews, 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.


Does this self-study affect the entire university?

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. 


Why is attending an accredited college or university important?

There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution, including:

  • Quality Education: accredited colleges and universities deliver high-quality educational programs.
  • Financial Aid: accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
  • Transfer: most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited institution.
  • Graduate School: most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited institution.


When does UC submit its official self study report?

The report will be finished and submitted to HLC in May 2018. An accreditation team will conduct the site visit of UC on September 24 - September 26, 2018.


What happens during that visit?

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 (Assurance Argument) and to make recommendations to HLC concerning continued accreditation.


How can I get more involved?

The self-study process is meant to reflect the opinions, values, and experiences of our campus community. In the Spring of 2018, a final draft of the self- study report will be available to the entire UC community on this website. We encourage you to read this draft and to provide feedback. Reminders and updates will be sent to all faculty and staff as drafts become available.