UIC's 2017 comprehensive evaluation

UIC's comprehensive evaluation in 2017 included the following components:

  • Submission of  an assurance argument to demonstrate UIC's compliance with the HLC's criteria
  • Federal compliance review
  • Student opinion survey (February 6-15, 2017)
  • On-site peer review visit (April 24-25, 2017)
  • Multi-campus visits to the Peoria, Urbana, and Rockford branch campuses

Short descriptions of each of the documents that were submitted in 2016 and 2017 appear below, together with links to the complete documents.

Quality initiative

As part of the accreditation process, the HLC requires institutions to select one major improvement project that aligns with its current needs or aspirations. UIC’s 2016 Quality Initiative focused on a subset of projects that are part of the larger Student Success Initiative. The Quality Initiative report was approved by the HLC on September 29, 2016.

Assurance argument

In March 2017, UIC submitted an assurance argument that described how the institution addresses the HLC’s five criteria. During the April 2017 site visit, a team of external peer reviewers verified the claims that were made in the assurance argument and gathered additional information about UIC’s compliance with the criteria. UIC’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the HLC in August 2017.

Federal compliance

As a federally recognized accrediting agency, the HLC is required to assure that all its member institutions are meeting their Title IV program responsibilities as well as complying with specific regulations accreditors must enforce as part of their recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. Compliance with these requirements is necessary to ensure that institutions accredited by the HLC are eligible for federal financial aid.

Multi-campus reports

A team of external peer reviewers visited the Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana branch campuses as part of UIC’s 2017 comprehensive evaluation. To help the reviewers prepare for their visits, UIC prepared a brief report about each of these branch campuses.