Higher Learning Commission



Higher Learning Commission

The UW-River Falls is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is scheduled for its next re-accreditation review in 2018.  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 is responsible for accreditation of universities and colleges in nineteen states throughout the North Central region of the United States.  Additional information about HLC and program accreditations at the UWRF is available on this page.

Activities and Events

The HLC Quality Initiative Team submitted its final report to the Higher Learning Commission during summer 2017 and in September 2017 the report received a very favorable review.  The review comments included "Results have been impressive . . . . campus engagement is widespread . . . . on-going commitment to this project is evident . . . . UW-River Falls has created a lasting change in the campus culture, by thoroughly integrating internationalization into the fabric of the campus."

Additional activities will be posted as the details are finalized.

Leadership Teams

Faculty and staff from all areas of campus, and others beyond campus, are helping to prepare for the HLC reports and contributing to them.  Leadership teams for the various components of the review and its related tasks are listed below.

HLC Criteria Team:  Joy Benson, Wes Chapin (chair), James Graham, Gregg Heinselman, Mialisa Moline, Chris Mueller, Ogden Rogers, Marshall Toman, Karyn Wells, and Kathy Young.

HLC Federal Compliance Team:  Robert Bode, Kelly Browning, Wes Chapin (chair), Sarah Egerstrom, and Gregg Heinselman.

HLC Quality Initiative Team:  Wes Chapin (chair) and Katrina Larsen.

UWRF Student Handbook Team:  Wes Chapin (chair), Gregg Heinselmann, Kathleen Hunzer, Angie Sylla, and Christine Webster.

Information and Links

UW-River Falls is on the Open Pathway cycle, and is scheduled for its re-accreditation review in 2018.  The review team will visit the campus on October 15-16, 2018.

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

Among the priority issues that are being addressed is faculty qualifications.  Graduate faculty qualification forms and information are available on the graduate studies website.  Forms and information for undergraduate faculty qualifications will be made available after they are approved by appropriate internal governance and other decision-making processes.

As we write the review report, an activity that will be particularly salient during 2017-18, supporting information will be available 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, Wes Chapin, 104 North Hall, (715) 425-0629, or E-mail.