Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Accredited to Candidate Status

Number: INST.E.50.010

The Board of Trustees may determine that an institution be moved from accredited to candidate status subsequent to the close of a CHANGE OF CONTROL, STRUCTURE OR ORGANIZATION transaction as a result of the findings of an on-site team, including either a Fact-Finding or other team, visiting the institution or the findings in a Staff Summary Report. The Board must find that the institution, as a result of or related to the CHANGE OF CONTROL, STRUCTURE OR ORGANIZATION, meets the Eligibility Requirements and demonstrates conformity with the Assumed Practices but no longer meets all of the Criteria for Accreditation and Federal Compliance Requirements. It must also find that the institution meets the requirements of the candidacy program. Moving an institution from accredited to candidate status is an adverse action and thus is not a final action and is subject to appeal.

Process for Moving an Institution From Accredited to Candidate Status

The Board of Trustees may take an action to move an institution from accredited to candidate status in conjunction with a CHANGE OF CONTROL, STRUCTURE, OR ORGANIZATION, as outlined in Commission policy INST.B.20.040. In addition, a team recommendation arising out of a comprehensive or focused evaluation within six (6) months of the close of a transaction approved under INST.B.20.040 to move the institution from accredited to candidate status, will automatically be referred to an Institutional Actions Council Hearing Committee. The Board will consider both the team recommendation and the Institutional Actions Council Hearing Committee recommendations in its deliberations. In all cases, the Board of Trustees will act on a recommendation to move an institution from accredited to candidate status only if the institution’s chief executive officer has been given at least two weeks to place before the Board of Trustees a written response to the recommendation of the team or Institutional Actions Council Hearing Committee.

Public Disclosure of Accredited to Candidate Status

A Public Disclosure Notice for an institution whose status has shifted under this policy will be available on the Commission’s website shortly after, but not more than twenty-four (24) hours after, the Commission notifies the institution of the action moving the institution from accredited to candidate status. An institution moved from accredited to candidate status must notify its Board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, prospective students, and any other constituencies about the action in a timely manner not more than fourteen (14) days after receiving the action letter from the Commission; the notification must include information on how to contact the Commission for further information; the institution must also disclose this new status whenever it refers to its Commission affiliation.

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Related Policies

INST.B.20.020
Candidacy

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

Policy History

Last Revised: February 2014
First Adopted: June 2010
Revision History: November 2011, February 2014
Notes: Policies combined November 2012

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter E: Sanctions, Adverse Actions, and Appeals

Part 50: Accredited to Candidate Status

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