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 was required to complete an Assurance Review on June 25, 2018, which was to include documentation demonstrating how NIU fulfills each of the below five accreditation criteria and the associated 21 core components. 

  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

The NIU criteria groups collected evidence and developed the assurance narrative that covers the period from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. The project was supported by the resource group and facilitated by the oversight group.

The 2018 HLC Assurance Argument (PDF) was submitted on June 15, 2018.

NIU has successfully completed its 2018 Mid-Cycle Assurance Review, meeting all five of the above HLC Criteria for Accreditation. The HLC Peer Review Team's Final Report (PDF) describing their findings is available to all campus constituents.

These findings were also presented to the NIU Board of Trustees on September 13, 2018.