Date: January 7, 2011
Contact: Carol Connelly, Director,
Media & Communication Services, ext. 5267, firstname.lastname@example.org
PNC Invites Third-Party Comments for HLC Accreditation
Westville –Purdue University North Central will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 18 to 20 by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Purdue North Central has been accredited by the Commission since 1971. Its accreditation is at the bachelor's degree granting level.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The commission accredits some 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
For the past two years PNC has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission's requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a status for PNC. The commission will take the final action.
The public is invited to submit comments to the HLC regarding Purdue North Central to:
Public Comment on Purdue University North Central
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by March 10. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.
Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with PNC should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The HLC cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment. #