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The Higher Learning Commission uses a 10-year cycle to facilitate the process of reaccrediting universities. UIC has reached the final step in the cycle—the comprehensive evaluation. This features a 2-day site visit by five HLC peer reviewers, scheduled for March 11 and 12, 2024. During these two days, the university will host the review team and have the opportunity to showcase the UIC community, including our students, faculty, and staff, our innovative programs and initiatives, and our efforts to live our identity and mission as an urban, diverse, public research university.

Preparation for this comprehensive review has been ongoing since Fall 2022 and has resulted in the development of an “assurance argument” draft that addresses the five HLC criteria for accreditation. The final version of this document will be shared with the reviewers, who will also be able to access linked documents (represented for now by underlined items within the assurance argument draft).

With the work having advanced this far, anyone in the UIC community is now invited to read the assurance argument penultimate draft. Please use the table of contents to navigate the criteria and associated “core components” and subcomponents. Any underlined text indicates where there will be evidence (pdf files) attached to the final draft that reviewers will access, meant to support claims and guide reviewers to more in-depth information. If you would like to make any comments or suggestions, or ask questions, please submit via Comments received by November 10, 2023, will be reviewed and taken into account within the final editing stages of the project.

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Another way to learn about the assurance argument is to view the presentation, “Higher Learning Commission 2024 Comprehensive Review: What our Assurance Argument says about us,” which was held Friday, November 3, 2023. The presentation shared highlights from the current draft of the assurance argument narrative, which in its final form will be submitted for review to the HLC as part of the 2024 site visit on March 11-12, 2024.

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