IUPUI prepares for visit from Higher Learning Commission for reaffirmation of accreditation
October 31, 2012
- Margie Smith-Simmons
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, including its Columbus regional education center, will host a team of evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools -- an independent corporation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States -- Nov. 5 to 7 for reaffirmation of its accreditation.
IUPUI, a campus of Indiana University, has been engaged in an extensive four-year self-study process in anticipation of reaccreditation. The self-study report highlights two values central to IUPUI’s identity and essential to carrying out its distinctive missions of collaboration and innovation. The report focuses on the unique collaboration among IU, Purdue University and the city of Indianapolis and emphasizes how collaboration and innovation strengthen the institution and infuse its conduct of teaching and learning; civic engagement; and research, scholarship and creative activity.
The Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation is based on five key criteria:
•Mission and integrity -- Operating with integrity to ensure fulfillment of IUPUI’s mission.
•Planning for the future -- Allocating resources and processes for evaluating and planning to demonstrate IUPUI’s capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
•Student learning and effective teaching -- Providing evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates IUPUI is fulfilling its educational mission.
•Acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge -- Promoting a life of learning for IUPUI’s faculty, administration, staff and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission
•Engagement and service -- Identifying IUPUI’s constituencies and serving them in ways that both value.
IUPUI has been accredited by the commission since 1972 and is reviewed every 10 years for reaffirmation of accreditation.
In preparation for its decennial visit, IUPUI sought public comments that addressed substantive matters related to the quality of the institution and its academic programs. U.S. colleges and universities voluntarily seek accreditation. The U.S. Department of Education uses accreditation as an emblem of eligibility for federal financial aid.
The commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher learning in a 19-state region, including Indiana.