SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 22-24 from a team representing its accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In preparation for the visit, UIS is seeking comments from the public about the university.
UIS has been accredited by the Commission since 1975 and undergoes an evaluation for reaccreditation every 10 years. Its accreditation is at the doctoral level and includes a degree site in Peoria, Illinois.
For the past two years, UIS has been engaged in a voluntary process of self-study, addressing the Commission's requirements and criteria for reaccreditation. During the actual evaluation in October, a site team will visit the campus to gather evidence that the self-study has been accurate and thorough. The team will then recommend a continuing status for the university; following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action.
The Commission requires that public comments be sought as part of the reaccreditation process, and will consider public comments about UIS in determining continuing status for the university. Comments, which cannot be treated as confidential, must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by September 22, 2007; comments received after that date may not be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and phone number of the person providing them.
Send comments to: Public Comments on the University of Illinois at Springfield, The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602.
Note: Complaints will not be considered third party comments. Individuals who have a specific dispute or grievance should request the Policy on Complaints document from the HLC office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals.
The Commission, one of six agencies nationally that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis, evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies accredit specific programs. The HLC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region.