Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Xavier invites public to submit comments to Accreditation Board

Xavier University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit March 30-April 1, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Xavier has been continuously accredited by the Commission since 1935. Its accreditation is at the Master's degree level and includes degree sites at various other locations within the state.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past year and half, Xavier has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission's requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit Xavier to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the college. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding Xavier University to:

Public Comment on Xavier University
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by March 23, 2009. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.