St. Norbert College to be evaluated by The Higher Learning Commission, public comments welcome

From St. Norbert College, July 12, 2011
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2011, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. St. Norbert College has been accredited by the commission since 1934. Its accreditation is at the Baccalaureate level, and includes the college's three master's programs and one additional location in New Mexico.

The Higher Learning Commission 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 only for specific programs. The commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary.

For the past two years, St. Norbert College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission's requirements and criteria for accreditation. The commission's evaluation team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the college; following a review process, the commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college online at www.ncahlc.org/information-for-the-public/third-party-comment.html or mail to:

Public Comment on St. Norbert College
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 Sept. 1, 2011. The commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third-party comment.