After initial accreditation, academic institutions participating in the Higher Learning Commission's Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality are reviewed every 10 years according to the following five-step reaffirmation process, which is also outlined on the HLC website http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.
The organization engages in a self study process for approximately two years and prepares a report of its findings in accordance with Commission expectations.
The Commission sends an evaluation team of consultant-evaluators to conduct a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation and to write a report containing the team's recommendation.
The documents relating to the comprehensive visit are reviewed by a Readers Panel or, in some situations, a Review Committee.
The IAC* takes action on the Readers Panel's recommendation. (If a Review Committee reviewed the visit, the Review Committee takes action.)
The Board of Trustees validates the IAC or Review Committee, finalizing the action.
* The Institutional Actions Council (IAC) consists of 20 experienced peer reviewers and six public members appointed to four-year terms by The Board of Trustees.
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