Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Process Requirements Leading to Commission Action for Reaffirmation

Number: INST.C.10.030

Recommendations Arising From Pathways for Reaffirmation

The team of Commission Peer Reviewers conducting either a comprehensive evaluation or Assurance Review in the Standard or Open Pathway, or a Comprehensive Quality Review in the AQIP Pathway, shall in its written report make a recommendation for Commission action to complete the review. For comprehensive evaluations and for Comprehensive Quality Reviews, the team shall recommend whether to reaffirm the institution’s accreditation and whether to require interim monitoring, if needed, as available on the institution’s pathway. For Assurance Reviews, the team shall recommend whether to continue the institution in its current cycle and whether to require any interim monitoring as available on the institution’s pathway. Any team may recommend a sanction or withdrawal of accreditation. These recommendations, along with the team’s written report, shall be forwarded to a Commission decision-making body for review and action.

Institutional Responses to Recommendations Arising From Pathways for Reaffirmation

An institution shall have the opportunity to provide a written response to the written report of a comprehensive evaluation or Assurance Review or Comprehensive Quality Review following Commission policies for the provision of institutional responses. In all cases involving a response to comprehensive evaluation, Assurance Review, or other visit, an institution shall have at least two weeks to prepare and submit an institutional response to the team report prior to review and action through the Commission’s decision-making processes.


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Related Policies

INST.G.10.020
Official Records (Institutional Responses within the Process)

Policy History

Last Revised: June 2014
First Adopted: June 2012
Revision History: June 2014
Notes: Policies combined November 2012 – 1A.3.1, 1A.3.2. 

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter C: Process for Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Part 10: Substantive Requirements for Reaffirmation of Accreditation

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