Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Processes for Including a Component Within or Removing a Component From the Affiliation of the Institution

Number: INST.F.20.090

At the time the institution files with the Eligibility Process, the Commission will review the status of all components of the institution to determine whether the institution seeking affiliation constitutes a single entity for the purpose of accreditation based on the characteristics identified in this policy.

An affiliated institution developing a new component(s) must file a change request under Commission policy INST.F.20.040 Institutional Change. As a part of the review under Commission policy the Commission will review the appropriateness of inclusion of the proposed component in accreditation of the institution using the characteristics cited above.

An affiliated institution seeking to have an existing entity that is not currently included as a component in the institution’s status deemed a component of the institution must file a change request under Commission policy INST.B.20.040 Change of Control, Structure, or Organization. As a part of the review under Commission policy INST.B.20.040 the Commission will review the appropriateness of inclusion of the proposed component in the accreditation of the institution using the characteristics cited above.

Process for Commission Consideration of Separate Status for a Component

A component of an institution holding status with the Commission that is seeking separate status from the Commission, or from another recognized accrediting agency, must establish that it meets the separately accreditable characteristics outlined in this policy and, if it is seeking status with this Commission, its eligibility through the Commission’s Eligibility Process. For those components seeking status from the Commission, if the Eligibility Panel determines that the component is separately accreditable and appears to meet the Eligibility Requirements, the Commission will set a visit for initial status for the component. For those components seeking status from another recognized accreditor, the Commission will make a recommendation to the host agency that it allow the component to begin its process for separate accreditation after a showing by the component and the accredited institution to the Commission that the component may be separated from the parent for the purpose of accreditation.

Institutions With Components in the Region

For institutions operating solely within the North Central Region, the Commission will follow the process outlined in INST.F.20.090 after the component seeking separate status contacts Commission staff.

Institutions With Components out of the Region

Jointly adopted with Council on Regional Accrediting Agencies
A component located in a region other than that of its home campus must seek separate accreditation in the region in which it exists if it functions independent of operational control of the parent college or university. A component will be deemed operationally independent and accreditable by the host region when it has the characteristics listed in INST.B.10.020.

Each regional commission will determine if any of its affiliated institutions have components that appear to be separately accreditable. Following consultation with the host commission and the institution, and upon learning from the host region the site’s potential to meet its eligibility requirements, the home region will make the determination as to the status of such sites that meet these requirements. The host region will agree to take deliberate steps toward reviewing any components identified as operationally independent in keeping with its policies and procedures for applying institutions. An institution identified as separately accreditable will continue to be included in the accreditation of the parent college or university until it achieves separate accreditation.

When required by the U.S. Department of Education, the Commission will continue to include in its accreditation of an institution components deemed separately accreditable and accredited by another host agency. The Commission will maintain this arrangement under a Memorandum of Understanding with the host agency that makes clear that the Commission remains responsible for the accreditation of the entire institution, including separately accreditable components accredited by another agency, under its Title IV gatekeeping function.

 

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Related Policies

INST.F.20.040
Institutional Change

INST.B.20.040
Change of Control, Structure, or Organization

INST.B.10.020
Components of Accredited or Candidate Institutions

Policy History

Last Revised: June 2009
First Adopted: June 2000
Revision History: June 2009
Notes: Policies combined November 2012 - 3.4(a)1, 3.4(b)1, 3.4(c), 3.4(c)1, 3.4(c)2

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter F: Maintenance and Monitoring

Part 20: Intermittent Monitoring

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