If in the next couple weeks you see administrators a little more high strung than normal, do not panic.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is visiting Elmhurst College from November 26-27 to evaluate the institution for reaccreditation.
EC and about 1,000 other higher education institutions are accredited by the HLC and are evaluated every ten years to maintain their status as an accredited institution.
Accreditation is proof that an institution is up to a specific predetermined standard. There are several accreditation institutions in the country; HLC is the one that evaluates and reviews EC and decides if it fits the criteria to remain accredited.
HLC has five main criterion for remaining accredited with specific requirements listed within each of the five main criteria. These are Mission, Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct, Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support, Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement, and Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.
Faculty, staff, and administrators will have several open sessions with the HLC representatives. Students will also have an open forum on Monday, November 26 from 10 am to 10:50 am in the Blume Board Room in the Frick Center to share their feedback and insights about the institution. Students also had a survey sent out to them by Office of Academic Affairs about how they perceive student success.
So when you see stressed administrators walking with important looking people in fancy clothes, do not be afraid to walk up and give them a piece of your mind.