HLC Campus Visit

Peer Review
On March 9-11, 2015, a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission will visit the University of Northern Colorado. Peer review is a defining characteristic of regional accreditation in the United States and one of ten guiding values articulated in the HLC Criteria for Accreditation. The role of the peer review team is three-fold: (1) to be collegial in the team’s interactions with both the institution and the HLC; (2) to be firm in upholding high standards; and (3) to be attentive to the dual role of accreditation in assuring and advancing institutional quality. 

Before the Visit
Prior to visiting UNC, the peer review team will spend several weeks carefully reviewing UNC’s Self-Study Report, verifying assertions made in the report by examining supporting documents provided in an Electronic Resource Room, and identifying people and groups with whom they want to meet while on campus. In addition to the materials provided by UNC, the peer review team will also read any comments submitted to the HLC through the Third-Party Comment process and results of a survey the HLC administers to UNC students six weeks prior to the campus visit.

During the Visit
While on campus, the peer review team will likely spend time visiting various programs and departments, observing classrooms or co-curricular activities, and meeting with individuals and groups (including open forums with faculty, staff, and students). A schedule of the campus visit will be posted to this website as soon as it becomes available. The HLC Steering Committee has developed a set of sample questions peer review team members may ask, which is intended to be a helpful guide in preparing for the campus visit.

After the Visit
Several weeks after the campus visit, the peer review team will prepare a draft report, which will be sent to UNC to review and correct any errors of fact. The team will then prepare a final report of its findings and recommendations for UNC’s accreditation status.  UNC will receive a copy of this report and have an opportunity to provide a formal written response to the HLC.  This response will become part of the official record of the evaluation. The HLC will review the final report and UNC’s response and notify UNC in writing when the review process is completed and final action by the HLC has been determined.

Resources for Preparing for the Campus Visit
HLC Peer Review Team
Preparing for the HLC Campus Visit
Countdown to HLC: Top Five Things You Can Do for a Successful Review

Contact Information
Kim Black
Director of Assessment
Self-study Coordinator

HLC Fast Fact
1,336 institutions in 19 states are currently accredited by the HLC.