Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) provides assurance to the public, in particular to prospective students that an organization has been found to meet the agency’s clearly stated requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them. Accreditation provides both public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for self improvement in the accreditation organization. The Commission reaches the conclusion that a college or university meets the criteria only after the organization opens itself to outside examination by experienced evaluators. The process of accreditation provides the organization with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from personal from other organizations.
- HLC Institutional Accreditation: An Overview, 2007