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CMU prepares for reaffirmation of accreditation

Students, faculty, staff and community input a major component of the process

Contact: Heather Smith

​A multidisciplinary team is preparing documents that will be used by the Higher Learning Commission as it reviews Central Michigan University's request for reaccreditation. Reaffirmation of accreditation is required every 10 years.

Michael Gealt, executive vice president and provost, says the review includes all facets of the university, including academics, resources and infrastructure.

"The review has many parts, including a confirmation that our university is following all required federal policies resulting from Title IV of the Higher Education Act," Gealt said. "This assurance is necessary for CMU to continue receiving federal financial aid for its students.

"The process of preparing for the review provides an opportunity for the entire CMU community and its stakeholders to reflect upon the progress we have made since the last visit in 2005 and to offer input on where we want to go in the future."

Gealt says the HLC peer review visit to CMU will occur next April. In addition to the public input, which can be submitted online or during several engagement meetings, the team also will learn about CMU from documents currently being prepared. These reports are designed to assure the HLC that CMU is:

  • Being guided by the university mission;
  • Acting with integrity in all is functions;
  • Providing a high quality education;
  • Continually improving the education we provide; and
  • Has the structures and resources to carry out its mission now and into the future.

Claudia Douglass, vice provost for academic effectiveness, is chair of the HLC Reaffirmation Leadership Team, which created a special website so people can follow the process, review documentation and participate.

"There will be many opportunities for individuals to discuss the criteria and federal compliance document once they are complete," Douglass said. "In addition, meetings with professional organizations, community members, student organizations and academic groups such as the Academic Senate will be scheduled."

You also may provide comments on CMU to the Higher Learning Commission electronically or mail them to:

Third-Party Comment on Central Michigan University

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Your comments should be received by the HLC no later than March 20, 2016.

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