Higher Learning Commission



The University of Wisconsin- River Falls and the Higher Learning Commission

UW-River Falls has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission [HLC] since 1935. Based in Chicago, the HLC is an independent accreditor for over 1000 higher education institutions throughout the United States. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and its mission is to serve “the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.”

The HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices are two of the key tools used by the HLC Review Team in their evaluation of UW-River Falls.

This page and the ones linked to it provide information about Accreditation and the Assurance Review process.


Assurance Review

UW-River Falls is on the HLC’s Open Pathway and the 4 Year Assurance Review is scheduled to begin in October 2022. Assurance Reviews are carried out virtually; no team will be coming to campus and Federal Compliance documentation is not required. As part of the preparation, a report called the Assurance Argument is being compiled. This report provides a narrative that is supported by documentation of institutional policies and processes.

Once the team has read the Assurance Argument, they will begin reaching out for interviews and meetings with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Specific dates for when interviews will take place will be provided as soon as they are known via FalconDaily and direct emails from the David Behling, the HLC Accreditation Coordinator.

The Assurance Argument will be made available to everyone in the UW-River Falls community after it has been submitted to the HLC on October 17. You will find a link for it in the left-side navigation links. It is also available in draft form for faculty and staff in the university's collaboration space: T:\Collaboration\HLC. Once the HLC Review Team finishes its work, the 2022 Assurance Argument will also be posted in the HLC’s own database and available to the public.


Assurance Review Team

Wes Chapin, Associate Provost, NH 102, Email

David Behling, HLC Accreditation Coordinator, NH 104, Email

HLC Federal Compliance Team:  David Behling, Robert Bode, Kelly Browning, Wes Chapin (chair), Sarah Nelson, and Jamie Zamjahn.

HLC Quality Initiative Team:  To be determined after the 2022 review is completed.

If you have questions or comments regarding HLC or the re-accreditation process, please direct them to the HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer at UWRF, David Behling, 104 North Hall, (715) 425-0629 or