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PNC Accreditation Visit a Success!

In April of 2011, Purdue North Central hosted a comprehensive 3-day visit by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. This was a routine visit and was specified by our last comprehensive visit in April 2001. In September, the Higher Learning Commission issued formal notification that accredited status has been continued for Purdue North Central. The next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2020-21.

The accreditation report stated, “The team found the Self Study document to be outstanding…The document was well written, candid in its approach and contained thoughtful evaluation of the institution.” 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.

In addition to continuing accreditation, PNC has been changed to a Master’s degree granting institution and can add or expand distance learning programs without Commission approval. The report states that “Purdue North Central is doing a quality job of offering distance delivery of courses and programs.” The team identified student success and degree completion as areas for improvement, with particular focus on general education and advising. A report on those topics is due by March 31, 2012.

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The Higher Learning Commission has the responsibility of providing accreditation for the institutions of higher education in our geographic area. There are six such commissions in the country.

Accreditation:

  • Encourages confidence that an institution’s or program’s presentation of the education it provides is fair and accurate, including the description of services available to students and the accomplishments of its graduates.
  • Assures that a neutral, external party (the accrediting organization) has reviewed the quality of education provided and has found it to be satisfactory, based upon appropriate peer expertise.
  • Confirms that institutions and programs have processes in place to meet changes in thinking within the academy and in the public’s expectations;
  • Provides for eligible students to have access to federal financial aid if they attend institutions accredited by accreditors that are “recognized” or scrutinized for quality by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).
  • Assists with transfer of credits among institutions or admission to graduate school, with student mobility more likely to be successful among accredited institutions as compared to unaccredited institutions.
  • Aids with entrance to a profession, when a particular field may require graduation from an accredited program or institution.
  • Signals prospective employers that an educational program has met widely accepted educational standards.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation, The Value of Accreditation, June 2010

Individual academic programs also are accredited by several accrediting bodies, including the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Partnerships; the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission; the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators; the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, and the Council on Social Work.

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