Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
Accreditation Update: March 27, 2012As many on campus know, Concordia College receives its institutional accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Maintaining accreditation is an ongoing process, but a formal institutional self-study and an onsite evaluation visit are required by The Commission at least every 10 years. The last onsite visit by The Higher Learning Commission was in November of 2003; therefore,we anticipate that a team of evaluators from The Higher Learning Commission will be on campus during the 2013-2014 academic year. Exact dates will be set sometime during 2012.
Concordia College is actively planning for our next review. President Craft has appointed several members of our community to Self-Study Steering Committee, which will coordinate Concordia's self-study and will guide the college's efforts to document that we are in compliance with all federal regulations and with the HLC requirements. The committee first met in January of 2011 and will continue its work until the onsite visit has been completed. The members of the Self-Study Steering Committee, along with dozens of other committees and individuals on campus, are presently studying the various documents of The Higher Learning Commission, including the Criteria for Accreditation, Assumed Practices, and Institutional Obligations of Affiliation. If you are interested in reading more about these requirements, you will find information here.
As we continue our work, periodic updates about accreditation generally, The Higher Learning Commission specifically, and the progress of Concordia College will be distributed to the community. Questions about the process and Concordia's approach to the self-study may be directed to either of the coordinators -- Kristi Loberg and Michael Wohlfeil -- or to any of the members of the Self-Study Steering Committee.