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Higher Learning Commission
 Quality Initiative Final Report Due May 2015

Site visit April 11 & 12, 2016

Executive Committee Membership (2014-2015)
  • Sandy Grunwald (HLC Liaison & Chem/Biochemistry)
  • Patrick Barlow (Center for Adv. Teaching & Learning)
  • Jennie Hartzheim (First Year Experience)
  • Fred Pierce (Assoc VC Enrollment Management)
  • Natalie Solverson (Institutional Research)

Accreditation is the process officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for assuring prospective students and the public that a university's quality and operations are reviewed on a regular basis.  Accreditation indicates an endorsement that the institution meets clearly stated requirements and criteria through open examination by experienced evaluators familiar with accrediting requirements in a higher education setting.  The process provides an opportunity for critical self-analysis and consultation leading to further improvements in quality. UW-La Crosse is accredited at the institutional level by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC).  

through HLC's Open Pathway process consists of two major components culminating in a site visit every ten years:

Quality Assurance
Enhance rigor by checking institutional data annually and conducting Assurance Reviews twice in the ten-year cycle.  Institutional data collected and provided represent traditional metrics and benchmarks of quality  assurance and accountability.

A Major Quality Initiative
The institution undertakes a major Quality Initiative designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The Quality Initiative is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure.