Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

HLC continues UW-Eau Claire's accreditation

RELEASED: March 12, 2010

UW-Eau Claire Excellence SealEAU CLAIRE — The Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has formally approved continued accreditation for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The university's next scheduled comprehensive evaluation will be in 2019-20.

"UW-Eau Claire is to be commended on its Self-Study Report, process and commitment to provide evidence that it clearly satisfies the criteria for accreditation," the HLC Evaluation Team wrote in its final report. "The process was extremely open, candid, and thorough; and included a wide cross-section of the campus community and its stakeholders."

The self-study involved hundreds of faculty, staff, students and alumni over a period of almost three years. The self-study and Evaluation Team report will be used to guide institutional planning and continuous improvement efforts.

UW-Eau Claire has had continuous accreditation since 1950.

"Members of the HLC Evaluation Team were highly complimentary of our university and our faculty and staff," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "Every member of our faculty and staff can be collectively proud of this university."

The Evaluation Team, composed of eight peer representatives from institutions across the Midwest, commended UW-Eau Claire for its commitment to students, especially in regard to service-learning, study abroad and faculty-student collaborative research. It also cited the university's integration of planning, budgeting and program review as important to reaching its vision to be a premier institution. And team members stated that they were impressed with the university's willingness to tackle difficult issues as a campus in ways that engage students as well as faculty and staff.

"UW-Eau Claire clearly satisfies the HLC's five criteria," the Evaluation Team's final report states. "It has developed a Centennial Plan to guide the institution as it begins its second hundred years. It pays particular attention to the total student development. It has strong connections to its host community. It has developed and maintained a genuine commitment to community service-learning. It has been recognized nationally for its level of student participation in study abroad. Undergraduate students have a significant voice in governance as well as being able to participate in a strong collaborative research program with faculty. And, most importantly, for future quality improvement measures, UW-Eau Claire has demonstrated a willingness to be introspective and to address difficult issues."

The review team report also identified several areas in which UW-Eau Claire can improve, including the need to finalize an academic master plan and to implement the assessment plan that has been developed. The review team supported UW-Eau Claire's Centennial Plan vision, but noted that the university must address workload and professional development issues if it is to be successful. In its official notification of continued accreditation, the HLC board clearly advised the university to pay particular attention to equity, diversity and inclusiveness in all that it does.

"I am heartened that the challenges the HLC named are not new or unexpected, but precisely those that we already identified as critical to our future," Levin-Stankevich said. "We are committed to making equity, diversity and inclusiveness core components of our work, in service to our students and our state."

As part of its comprehensive evaluation process, the HLC also approved UW-Eau Claire's request to offer an online MBA program and its new doctorate in nursing practice.

The full Evaluation Team report and the Board notification letter are available online.

-30-

JB/DW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.