The Higher Learning Commission is currently seeking new members for its Peer Corps.
Peer review in accreditation is based on the fundamental assumption that quality in higher education is best served through a process that enables peers of the institution, informed by standards created and applied by professionals in higher education, to make the judgments essential to assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.
The Commission relies upon the work of peer reviewers for its accrediting activities. These volunteers generously share their knowledge and experience to assure and advance institutional quality. Learn more about what it means to be a peer reviewer.
The Commission maintains a Peer Review Corps of approximately 1,500 faculty and administrators from institutions within the nineteen-state North Central region. The peer reviewers play an essential role in all stages of the accreditation process. They are responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with the accreditation criteria as well as for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission.
- Read the Peer Corps Member Position Description.
- Prepare the following materials:
- Letter of Application, 600 words maximum, describing relevant experience to the role of peer reviewer as described. Note any prior experience with institutional evaluation and assessment, team leadership, facilitation skills, financial oversight, or other skills relevant to successful service as a peer reviewer.
- CV or resume
- Provide the names, titles, and contact information for two professional references. At least one of these references must be from someone at the applicant’s current institution.
July 1, 2014 (Applicants will be notified by August 15, 2014.)
The Commission will host two sections of Comprehensive Peer Corps Training in the coming year. New Peer Corps members must attend one of the following comprehensive training sessions:
July 9-11, 2014, Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Open and Standard Pathways training for new and experienced peer reviewers. New peer reviewers will attend Wednesday morning through Friday Noon, and experienced reviewers will attend Wednesday Noon through Friday 10:00 a.m.
October 1-3, 2014, Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Open and Standard Pathways and AQIP training for new and experienced peer reviewers. New peer reviewers will attend Wednesday morning through Friday Noon, and experienced reviewers will attend Wednesday Noon through Friday 10:00 a.m.
Pathways and AQIP training will also be offered next year at the Commission's Annual Conference for experienced reviewers.
Current peer reviewers also will be invited to participate in these training sessions. The training will include a focus on Open and Standard Accreditation Pathways.
Jamie Stanesa, Associate Vice President and Director of the Peer Corps