Accreditation; Team visits
Staff invited to Oct. 11 group meetings
Northwestern 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. North-western has been accredited by the Commission since 1913.
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
The Commission accredits approximately 950 institutions of higher education
in a 19-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of
For the past two years, Northwestern 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
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
need their supervisor’s approval to attend.