LAWRENCE — On Feb. 9-11, the University of Kansas will host a team of consultant-evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association as part of its routine 10-year university-wide reaccreditation review. While on campus the team will meet with a cross section of university administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
Open sessions for faculty, staff, and students to answer questions and share their observations about the university are scheduled as follows:
- Monday, Feb. 9th from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Faculty in Big 12, Kansas Union
- Staff in English Room, Kansas Union
- Students in Pine Room, Kansas Union
- Tuesday, Feb. 10th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
- Faculty in Alderson, Kansas Union
- Staff in Pine Room, Kansas Union
Open session are an important part of the site visit, and all members of the KU community are encouraged to attend at the designated time. No RSVP is necessary.
KU undergoes an extensive self-study and corresponding review once every 10 years in order to maintain continuing accreditation through the HLC. Accreditation assures students that their academic programs meet nationally recognized standards. Accreditation is also required in order for KU to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research. KU was granted a full 10-year reaccreditation, without stipulations, on June 24, 2005.
For the past eighteen months, committees made up of more than 100 members of the university community were engaged in the extensive data gathering and evaluation necessary to prepare a Self-Study report compiling the accomplishments of KU and assembling evidence that KU has met the criteria for reaccreditation. An Executive Summary of the Self-Study, a Q & A about the reaccreditation process, and other pertinent materials are on KU’s HLC website.