Higher Learning Commission



Higher Learning Commission

The UW-River Falls is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is scheduled for its next review during Fall 2022.  This page is intended to provide information about the re-accreditation process to stakeholders.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation based in Chicago, Illinois.  It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and its mission is "Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning."  The HLC has authority to provide accreditation of universities and colleges throughout the United States.  Additional information about HLC and program accreditations at the UWRF is available on this page.


Faculty and staff from all areas of campus are helping to prepare for the HLC reports and contributing to them.

Wes Chapin, Associate Provost

David Behling, Coordinator for Accreditation

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

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

Information and Links

UW-River Falls is on the Open Pathway cycle, and is scheduled for its next review during Fall 2022.  The assurance argument is due on October 17, and dates for the HLC Review Team's work are likely to occur during November.  Specific dates will be provided as soon as they are known.

The criteria for re-accreditation, and the assumed practices identified by HLC are two of the key components in the review.

Additional information (e.g., drafts, supporting documents, and so on) will be made available when they are prepared through both the left-side navigation links, and on the university's collaboration space: T:\Collaboration\HLC.

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