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UNC is on a journey of self-study and evaluation

In 2015, the university will be visited by a review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as part of our reaffirmation of accreditation. To prepare for the visit, the university will complete a comprehensive self-study, which was initiated in academic year 2011.

Since 1916, the University of Northern Colorado has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. UNC’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the NCA’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in September 2004. Additional information about regional accreditation can be found in the Regional Accreditation FAQ.

This website contains information about accreditation and UNC’s self-study. Updates will be posted regularly about our progress and what we learn. Input and participation from faculty, staff, students, and community members is welcome.

Preparing for the HLC Campus Visit

Possible questions the team may ask:

What do you know about accreditation?

What do you know about the Higher Learning Commission?

Have you seen or read UNCís self-study?

How would you describe UNCís mission? Do you know where you would find the official statement? Learn More about our mission

How does your department contribute to UNCís mission?

How do you contribute to the universityís mission?

What are the universityís current strategic planning priorities? Learn about the Nine Core Plans

What are UNCís greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

What makes UNC unique in your state and among higher education universities in general?

How would you describe the campus climate for diversity? Learn more about the Equity and Diversity on campus.

What is it like to work at UNC? How is morale on campus?

What are the biggest challenges facing UNC? How about challenges specific to your department?

Do you think that academics are the top priority at UNC? Why or why not?

Describe any campus processes that could be improved or made more efficient.

What kind of changes are taking place at UNC? Do you see these as positive or not

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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.