The Reaffirmation Process

"The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action."
-Herbert Spencer
(1820-1903) English philosopher, political theorist and sociological theorist

Northcentral University follows the HLC's Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ), which involves engaging in a self-study process for approximately two years and preparing a report of its findings in accordance with HLC's expectations. HLC then sends an evaluation team of Consultant-Evaluators to conduct a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation (i.e., reaffirmation) and to write a report containing the team's recommendations (Northcentral's next HLC comprehensive visit is slated for October 8-10, 2012). The documents relating to the comprehensive visit are next reviewed by a Readers Panel or Review Committee. Finally, a decision-making body takes action on the Readers Panel recommendation.

As outlined in The Higher Learning Commission Institutional Accreditation: An Overview, the Criteria for Accreditation are organized under five major headings. Each Criterion has three elements: Criterion Statement, Core Components, and Examples of Evidence. Northcentral must be judged to have met each of the Criteria to merit reaffirmation. Northcentral will address each Core Component and present reasonable and representative evidence of meeting each Criterion. We will also show examples of evidence in addressing each of the Core Components.

The five Criterion are listed below. In an effort to create awareness and gather input for the self-study, we conducted a series of webinars during the fall/winter of 2011. Click on the link to view a recording.

Criterion One: MISSION AND INTEGRITY. The institution operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the board, administration, faculty, staff and students.

Criterion Two: PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE. The institution's allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.

Criterion Three: STUDENT LEARNING AND EFFECTIVE TEACHING. The institution provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.

Criterion Four: ACQUISITION, DISCOVERY, AND APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE. The institution promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.

Criterion Five: ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICE. As called for by its mission, the institution identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.


Northcentral faculty, students and team members were invited to attend an HLC Update and Overviewwebinar on February 29 and March 7, 2012 that provided a self-study update and answers to their questions.

A discussion of Northcentral's Vision, Mission & Values was presented in a webinar on March 19, 2012.

On April 12, 2012, Heather Frederick, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences and HLC Self Study Co-Chair and George Burnett, Northcentral CEO, presented the webinar linked here: Vision, Mission & Values Refresh. This webinar was open to students, faculty and Northcentral team members. The presentation is also linked here.

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