Sterling Seeks Public Comment for Reaccreditation

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sterling College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit December 7-9, 2009, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Sterling College has been accredited by the Commission since 1957. Its last comprehensive visit for reaccreditation occurred in 2000.
The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation involves evaluation of the organization as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits approximately 1100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
For the past eighteen months, Sterling College has been engaged in a comprehensive self study of its organization. The study has involved the College's ability to meet the Commission's requirements and criteria for reaccreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self study is thorough and accurate. The team will then recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the College. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take action.
The public is invited to submit comments about Sterling College:
Public Comment on Sterling 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 November 7, 2009. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the submitter. Comments will not be treated as confidential.
Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third-party comments.