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Accreditation Team to Hold Open Sessions During April 27-28 Visit

Provost: Students, faculty and staff encouraged to meet with team reviewing Northwestern

The following message was sent today by Provost Daniel Linzer to Northwestern University students, faculty and staff:

As you may know, Northwestern is currently undergoing its decennial review for reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body that evaluates the University. This review will culminate in a campus visit by a seven-member evaluation team representing the Commission on April 27 and 28, 2015.

Students, faculty and staff of Northwestern University are invited to meet with the visiting team reviewing the University’s accreditation during open sessions to be held here on Monday, April 27, from 3 to 3:50 p.m. Separate sessions will be held during this timeframe for students, faculty and staff at the following locations:

Open forum with students -- Norris, Northwestern Room 202B
Open forum with faculty  -- Norris, Lake Room 203
Open forum with staff -- Norris, Northwestern Room 202A

I encourage all members of the University community to participate in these sessions.

Northwestern has been engaged in improvement and quality assurance-related projects as part of this re-accreditation review since 2010. In particular, Northwestern has recently submitted to the Commission a report that argues how Northwestern meets the Commission’s Criteria of Accreditation. The evaluation team will visit Northwestern to validate claims made in the materials submitted and compare those materials with what the team finds during planned activities on our campus. Subsequent to the visit, the team will recommend to the Commission a continuing accreditation status for the University. Following a review process, the Commission will take final action.

You can find additional information regarding the re-accreditation process on the Office of the Provost website. Questions regarding Northwestern’s re-accreditation should be directed to Jake Julia, associate vice president and associate provost for academic initiatives or Jenny Puchtel, manager-accreditation process.

Daniel Linzer

Provost

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