The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
Registration Open for July Assessment Workshop
The Assessment Workshop: Making a Difference in Student Learning - Assessment as a Core Strategy combines interactive concurrent sessions with mentored teamwork to produce a portfolio of strategies for assessing and improving student learning directly related to the institution's current needs and goals. The workshop will be held July 24-26, 2013, in St. Charles, Illinois. Register Today!
Commission Policies Available in Web Format
The Commission has launched its policy book in a new web format. The web format allows for easier searching, cross-referencing between policies, and links to related resources. The new format features a new structure aimed at being more useful to institutions. In addition, policies have been renumbered to suit the new format. Visit policy.ncahlc.org today.
2013 Annual Conference Handouts are Available
The Commission posts a directory of many of the speaker handouts for the 2013 Annual Conference. Handouts are listed by session number with session title and presenter(s) last name(s).
Dual Credit in U.S. Higher Education: A Study of State Policy and Quality Assurance Practices
On behalf of the Council of Regional Accreditation Commissions and with support from the Lumina Foundation, the HLC has prepared a descriptive review of dual credit (or dual enrollment) practices across the U.S. The purpose of the report is to collect information that can serve, among other uses, as the fact-basis for accreditors considering dual credit or enrollment programs at the institutions they accredit.
Authors of the study are Victor M. H. Borden, professor of higher education and policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington and senior advisor to Indiana University’s executive vice president for University Regional Affairs, Planning and Policy; Jason L. Taylor, Research Assistant at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Eunkyoung Park, Research Analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington, DC.; and David J. Seiler, History Instructor at Lake Land College, Mattoon IL.
AGLS Accepting Applications for Improving General Education Award
The Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) invites institutions to apply for the 2013 AGLS Award for Improving General Education: Exemplary Program Processes. The 2013 Award will recognize institutions committed to systematic improvements driven by learning assessment. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2013. Details about this award are available at: http://www.agls.org/exemplaryprogram.htm.