HLC Board confirms advisory team’s recommendation

November 18, 2014

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The Higher Learning Commission’s Board of Trustees met Oct. 30, and this week advised Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen about the Board’s decision regarding a complaint filed in April 2013.

HLC sent an advisory team in April 2014 for a visit focusing on four criteria for accreditation. The team’s report was favorable overall, stating that the system should be commended for the diligent work it had done since the time of the complaint to “ensure that the system was functioning in compliance with good practices in governance and the requirements of the Commission.” The team recommended follow up on one criterion related to goal setting, self-evaluation and systematic planning.

“As expected, the HLC Board agreed with the advisory team’s conclusions and is recommending a final report and a focused visit on our progress on that criterion before the end of 2015,” said Skogen. “Since the team’s visit this past spring, we have launched our new strategic plan, have established goals and strategies for the system through 2020, and the Board has engaged in diligent self-evaluation, analysis of best practices for governing boards and in-depth training. We look forward to demonstrating our success on this criterion.”