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Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Assurance Review 2018

The university was reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for 10 years (until 2024), the maximum period possible. Following that process in 2014, NIU transitioned into the least restrictive HLC pathway, called the Open Pathway, for maintaining accreditation.

NIU’s next requirement within the HLC Open Pathway is to complete an Assurance Review, due June 18, 2018.

During this step, the university must develop an “assurance argument” that includes documentation demonstrating how NIU fulfills each of the five accreditation criteria and the associated 21 core components. The five criteria are:

  1. Mission
  2. Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  3. Teaching and Learning–Quality, Resources and Support
  4. Teaching and Learning–Evaluation and Improvement
  5. Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Currently, the NIU criteria groups are collecting evidence and beginning to develop the assurance narrative that covers the period from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. The project is supported by the resource group and facilitated by the oversight group.