What's the HLC and Why Should I Care?

What is the HLC (Higher Learning Commission)?

  • The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in a 19-state region of the United States. Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What does Accreditation mean?

  • HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution meets standards and is engaged in continuous improvement. HLC’s institutional accreditation includes all degree levels as well as on-site and online offerings.

How does Accreditation help UW?

  • The HLC accreditation process allows the university identify things it is doing well, tell its success stories and celebrate progress. The process also helps identify areas needing attention, including establishing specific goals and steps to achieve improvement.

Why is Accreditation important?

  • In addition to providing assurance that a university is fulfilling its mission and providing quality education, HLC accreditation is necessary for the institution to receive federal funding, including student financial aid.

What’s happening at UW?

  • Personnel from across the university are involved in a comprehensive self-study and preparing for a site visit from HLC reviewers Nov. 18-19, 2019.

What is UW’s accreditation history?

  • The University of Wyoming has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission continuously since 1923. Following the completion of a self-study, UW hosted its last HLC site review team and received continued accreditation in 2009-2010.

Who's leading the effort?

What is the background on the HLC regional accreditation for UW?

What was the peer review team visit about?


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