An invitation to participate in Eastern’s comprehensive evaluation for reaccreditation

October 18, 2017

To Students, Faculty, and Staff: 

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the agency that conducts institutional-level accreditation to all degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the state of Michigan. Accreditation by regional accreditors like HLC is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions in the U.S. This system of self-examination and peer review by educational institutions is required for student access to federal grants and loans and for the recognition of credits by most governmental and educational entities. 

EMU was first accredited by HLC in 1915. The University is preparing for its Comprehensive Evaluation (site visit) to be held on October 23–24, 2017. A team of HLC peer reviewers will be on campus conducting open forum discussions focused on the criteria for accreditation and drop-in sessions for participant-led discussions. All members of the campus community are invited and encouraged to attend. Please review the schedule below and consider participating in this important process by attending one or more of the sessions.

Schedule for Monday, October 23, 2017

  • Open Forum Discussion: Criterion 1: Mission; and, Criterion 2: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
    10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.,  Student Center, Room 310A
  • Open Forum Discussion: Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support; and, Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
    1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.,  Student Center, Room 310A
  • Drop-In Session
    2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m., Student Center, Room 352

Schedule for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • Open Forum Discussion: Criterion 5: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness; and, Institutional Priorities
    9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.,  Student Center, Room 310A
  • Drop-In Session
    10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.,  Student Center, Room 320 

For more information on the accreditation process please visit the HLC website. A complete agenda for the site visit is available on Eastern’s HLC website.


James M. Smith, Ph.D.
President, Eastern Michigan University

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