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Public Comments Invited for UW-Eau Claire Reaccreditation Process

RELEASED: June 24, 2009

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will undergo a comprehensive evaluation Sept. 14-16 by a team of external evaluators representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UW-Eau Claire has been accredited by the commission since 1950, and the review is part of the regular 10-year reaccreditation process.

Over the past three years, the university has been engaged in a comprehensive self-study in preparation for the visit.

"Literally hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have provided information on how well the university is meeting its learning goals, engaging with the community and pursuing its mission," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich.

Those conversations are reflected in the self-study report that will be given to the HLC review team later this summer. Following the September visit, the HLC review team will recommend to the commission a continuing status for the university, after which the commission will determine continued accreditation.
As part of the self-study process, the general public is invited to submit comments about the university directly to the commission. Comments must be received by Aug. 10 at the following address:

Public Comment on University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments should address substantive matters related to the quality of the university or its academic programs, not individual disputes or grievances. All comments must be in writing, signed and include name, address and telephone number. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

The HLC 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 accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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