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Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Review Process Heading link

The Higher Learning Commission uses a 10-year cycle to facilitate the process of reaccrediting universities within its Open Pathway. UIC has reached the final step in the cycle—the comprehensive evaluation. This includes an on-site visit by a peer review team to verify the claims made within our assurance argument and multi-campus reports submitted to the Commission on February 12, 2024. These reports are available to the UIC campus community via secure login. The HLC peer review team will visit the main campus on March 11 and 12, 2024. On March 13, one or more peer reviewers will visit the UIC School of Law. During these visit days, the campus community will have the opportunity to share information about our innovative programs and initiatives, and our efforts to live our identity and mission as an urban, diverse, public research university. In addition to meeting with various campus stakeholder groups, the site visit team will host three open forums to meet with faculty, staff, and students. Please check back for the open forum times here. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Preparation for this comprehensive review has been ongoing since Fall 2022 and has resulted in UIC’s 2024 “assurance argument” that addresses our compliance with HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. Additionally, focused teams have worked with our branch campus colleagues to prepare the multicampus reports for Peoria, Rockford, and UIC School of Law. Thank you to the entire campus community for your feedback on the assurance argument draft report last fall and continued collaboration to finalize the multicampus reports this spring. Access the pdf versions of the final reports submitted to the Commission here. Please use the table of contents to navigate the criteria and associated “core components” and subcomponents. Any underlined text indicates there is evidence (pdf files) attached to support claims and guide the HLC reviewers to more in-depth information, as they review this within the HLC Assurance System.

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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 assurance argument narrative, submitted for review to the HLC as part of the 2024 site visit on March 11-12, 2024.