Purdue University North Central recently received formal notification of its continued accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
A six-member HLC accreditation team visited PNC in April for a three-day comprehensive visit. For two years prior to the on-site visit, PNC had been engaged in a self-study that addressed the commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. During the accreditation team‘s visit, all aspects of the university were examined, allowing the team to determine that the self-study was thorough and accurate.
The accreditation report stated, “The team found the Self Study document to be outstanding. It was most helpful in determining how well Purdue University North Central fulfilled the Criteria and Core Components for accreditation. The document was well written, candid in its approach and contained thoughtful evaluation of the institution. The team commends Purdue North Central for engaging in a process that has already led to improvement and has connections to the strategic plan. This process, in addition to the strategic planning process, has clearly assessed the institution in ways that will lead to further improvement.”
PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin expressed his pleasure with the positive accreditation report, “This is tremendous news for all of us at Purdue North Central. This very positive report reflects the quality and development of Purdue North Central. It is a positive reflection on our faculty, staff and students.”
The team recognized several areas of significant accomplishments, progress, and/or practices, including: sense of community; campus life; diversity and global initiatives and financial and resource stewardship.
PNC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Schmid noted, ” PNC reaccreditation is the result of the dedication of faculty and staff and our commitment to students. The process was very inclusive and involved faculty, staff and students from across campus.”
The accreditation team found that PNC excelled in many areas and concluded that “PNC provides an “outstanding educational opportunity at affordable prices.”
The report also pointed out, “There is a sense of community among faculty, staff and students that can best be described as ‘family’. Despite difficult financial times and constraints the staff should be applauded and celebrated for their commitment to remain loyal, enthusiastic and eager to provide students with support that is caring and student centered. Further, PNC staff noted the sense of collegiality and support that is valued across the campus. The students especially have expressed a high level of satisfaction with the overall experience that they have with faculty and staff. They feel respected and appreciated.
“The institution should be recognized and applauded for the extraordinary effort it has made to enhance and strengthen campus life and a student support system since the last accreditation report.
“The visiting team was most impressed with the enthusiasm of the commitment of the faculty and staff to promoting and fostering a climate that values PNC’s diversity and global initiatives.”
PNC will not be due for a comprehensive evaluation until 2021. A report on general education and student success, with attention to advising, is due in 2014.
PNC has been accredited by the Commission since 1971. The 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. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.