UIC 2007 NCA Reaccreditation
In higher education, accreditation is recognition by a certified accrediting body that a college or university meets standards of performance and planning that students and the public can rely upon. In the United States, regional bodies, whose members are higher education institutions, award accreditation through a peer review process. For Illinois, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, is the accrediting body.
In normal circumstances, renewal of accreditation occurs every ten years. The process of renewal includes two major elements: a self-study and a site visit. A self-study is an evaluative report by an institution about its mission, planning, educational endeavors, research, and public service. A site visit is an in-person assessment by a team of experts from peer institutions of how well the visited institution is performing and how well its self-study reflects actual conditions in the institution.
The University of Illinois at Chicago was last reaccredited in 1997. From April 16 through April 18, 2007, a team of consultant-evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission will visit UIC. To prepare the team members, UIC has sent them its self-study and assembled and transmitted a wide range of documents to support the self-study and to inform the team.
The Higher Learning Commission requires that institutions reviewed measure up in five areas covered by its five criteria:
The UIC self-study will speak to each of these criteria. In turn, the site visitors will determine whether UIC meets the criteria. Also, the site visitors will advise UIC about how it can advance as it strives to fulfill its mission.