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Overview of Accreditation Process 2007

Accreditation in Higher Education

Accreditation has evolved into a valuable attribute of institutions in higher education during the last century.  Accreditation is a voluntary process in which the primary purposes are quality assurance and institutional and program improvement.  The accreditation of an institution assures the public that its formal educational activities, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness and relationships with outside constituencies have been assessed and evaluated by an external entity.  UIS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA).

HLC-NCA Accreditation Process

Our accreditation process by the HLC-NCA involves:

  • A 10-year cycle (see Historical Documents);
  • A self-study exercise that evaluates how well the institution meets the criteria for accreditation;
  • Preparation and submission of a self-study report; and
  • An on-site visit by peer evaluators who review the claims and evidence of the self-study report (October 2007).

HLC-NCA Criteria for Accreditation