Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Work

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Criterion Description

Criterion One: Mission The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.
Criterion Two: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible. The Criteria for Accreditation are the standards of quality by which the Commission determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation.  They are as follows:  
Criterion Three: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support The institution provides high quality education wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
Criterion Four: Teaching and Learning:  Evaluation and Improvement The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered
Criterion Five: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness The institution's resources, structures and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.  The institution plans for the future.