The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will be implementing revised Criteria for Accreditation that are effective for all accredited institutions on January 1, 2013. The Gamma version of the proposed revisions to the Criteria for Accreditation, including the Assumed Practices and Obligations of Affiliation, is closed for review available for review at http://www.ncahlc.org/Information-for-Institutions/proposed-revisions-to-the-criteria-for-accreditation.html.
In addition, the Higher Learning Commission has implemented a new accreditation model, Pathways, that separates the continued accreditation process as currently carried out through PEAQ into two components: the Assurance Process and the Improvement Process. NMSU received the following letter late last fall regarding the new process.
Dear President Couture:
. . . . . In fall 2012 the Higher Learning Commission will launch its new model for maintaining accreditation. This Pathways model has been developed with the assistance of 54 institutions that are participating in a demonstration project and through advice from discussions at the past three HLC Annual Conferences, the regional workshops this summer and fall, and staff presentations at numerous meetings. A Pathways booklet has been widely distributed throughout this process; read the most recent edition here.
. . . . . In the Pathways model, two new pathways, Standard and Open, replace PEAQ, but not all institutions are eligible for the Open Pathway. Based on the history of your institution’s relationship with the Commission, the staff will recommend that your institution be eligible for the Open Pathway. This recommendation will be referred to the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) for final action in March. You will be notified of the IAC decision and, assuming that the IAC supports the staff recommendation, asked to choose the Open Pathway or Standard Pathway.
. . . . . The timeline for transition to the Open Pathway is provided in the booklet. You will want to focus on the transition map that relates to the date of your institution’s next comprehensive evaluation. If you do not know the date, you can find it on the Commission’s Web site or by calling the Commission staff liaison assigned to your institution.
. . . . . The 2012 Annual Conference will include a number of opportunities to learn more about the Pathways model as well as the new Criteria for Accreditation that will be adopted in February 2012. We believe that the new Pathways will improve the accreditation process for our member institutions and we look forward to working with you as we make the transition.
cc: Accreditation Liaison Officer