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Northwestern Undergoes Accreditation

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September 28, 2004

Northwestern University will undergo an evaluation visit Oct. 10-13 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwestern has been accredited by the Commission since 1913.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 950 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past two years, Northwestern University has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission's requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the university; following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

Team members will speak with undergraduates, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff and administrators on both campuses and with officers of NUSAC.

Staff members may also attend group meetings with the evaluation team. The Evanston campus session will be from 4 to 4:50 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Ohio State Room of Norris University Center; the Chicago campus session will be from 2 to 2:50 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Parillo Courtroom, room 155, Arthur Rubloff Building. Staff members need their supervisor’s approval to attend.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding Northwestern to:

Public Comment on Northwestern University
Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by Sept. 10. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.

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