Comments Needed in Advance of NWU's Accreditation Visit

Nebraska Wesleyan University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit February 15-17, 2010, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Nebraska Wesleyan has been accredited by the Commission since 1914.

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 for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For two years, Nebraska Wesleyan has been engaged in a self-study, addressing the Commission’s criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit Nebraska Wesleyan to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the university; following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public invited to submit comments regarding the university to the following address: Public Comment on Nebraska Wesleyan University, Higher Learning Commission, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. Comments can also be submitted electronically.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by January 15, 2010. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address and phone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

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