is the Higher Learning Commission?
the United Sates, accreditation is voluntarily sought by institutions
and is conferred by non-governmental bodies. There are two
types of educational accreditation: institutional and specialized.
institutional accrediting agency evaluates an entire institution
in terms of its mission and the agency's standards or criteria.
It accredits the institution as a whole. It assesses the
formal educational activities of the institution and also evaluates
governance and administration, financial stability, admissions
and student personnel services, institutional resources, student
academic achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships
with constituencies inside and outside the institution.
accreditation is provided by regional associations of schools
and colleges (each named after the region in which it operates
Middles States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern,
Western) and by several national associations that limit their
scope to particular kinds of institutions. While independent
of one another, the regional associations cooperate extensively
and acknowledge one another's accreditation.
specialized accrediting body evaluates particular units, schools,
or programs within an institution. Specialized accreditation,
also called program accreditation, is often associated with national
professional associations such as those for engineering, medicine,
and law, or with specific disciplines such as business, teacher
education, psychology, or social work.
North Central Association
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was founded
in 1895 for the purpose of establishing close relations between
the colleges and secondary schools of the region. Throughout
its history the Association has been committed to the improvement
of education at all levels through evaluation and accreditation.
the Association is a membership organization of colleges and schools
in 19 states; Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico,
North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin,
and Wyoming and Department of Defense schools and Navajo Nation
independent corporations also hold membership in the Association:
Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, with its office
in Tempe, Arizona, accredits schools offering K-12 as well as
non-degree granting post-secondary institutions. This Commission
works extensively through state committees throughout the region.
Higher Learning Commission, with its office in Chicago, accredits
degree-granting institutions of higher education. The mission
of the Higher Learning Commission is included below.
the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher