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Higher Learning Comission plans accreditation visit to Coe

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2008-08-22 08:32:30 - General

Coe College will undergo a standard comprehensive evaluation Sept. 15-18, 2008, during a visit by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Coe is a private, residential, coeducational, liberal arts not-for-profit college offering primarily baccalaureate-degree programs with one master's program. The college has been accredited continuously by the Commission since 1913.

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. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. The commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past two years, Coe has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission's requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution 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 the college to:

Public Comment on Coe College
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 Sept. 5, 2008. The Higher Learning 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, and will be forwarded to the evaluation team to include in its review of the college.

Institutional accreditation evaluates, typically every 10 years, an entire college and accredits it as a whole. Coe's last evaluation visit, which resulted in continuing accreditation, took place in 1999. Members of the Coe community look forward to this fall's evaluation visit as it provides the opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff, and the success of the college as a whole.