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HLC 2018

Higher Learning Commission 2018 Reaccreditation Process

Viterbo University has been continuously accredited since 1954. Every ten years the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducts a comprehensive review of the university. The next site visit will occur on October 29-30, 2018.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six regional accrediting agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree awarding colleges and universities. HLC accredits institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. In order to receive or maintain accreditation, colleges and universities must meet the agency’s Criteria for Accreditation in mission, integrity, teaching and learning, resources, planning, and institutional effectiveness. 

Accreditation provides accountability measures for higher education and recognizes that institutions meet accepted standards of quality. Agencies that provide accreditation, such as the Higher Learning Commission, establish criteria for evaluation, measure the extent to which the criteria are met, and make public the findings of the evaluations. The process also demonstrates an institution’s engagement in self-evaluation and peer review. As a marker of quality, accreditation is required for institutions to receive federal and state funding. It is also important to licensing bodies, private funding sources, grant agencies, employers, and other stakeholders.

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