Lincoln College seeks public comment for HLC accreditation
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Lincoln College is seeking
comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation
through its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The public is invited to submit comments online regarding Lincoln
College's Lincoln or Normal campuses. Comments can be submitted
or via U.S. mail to Third-Party Public Comments on Lincoln College,
The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500,
Chicago IL 60604-1411.
Comments should address substantive matters
related to the quality of Lincoln College or its academic programs.
Written, signed comments must be received by the commission no later
than Oct. 20. The commission cannot guarantee that comments received
after that date will be considered. Specifically, comments are
sought regarding how well Lincoln College fulfills its mission;
demonstrates integrity; provides a high-quality education through
its programs and services; demonstrates its commitment to student
achievement and program improvement through assessment of student
learning; and engages in systematic planning that takes into account
the college's financial, human and physical resources. Comments will
not be treated as confidential, nor will anonymous comments be
Lincoln College has maintained institutional accreditation
through the Higher Learning Commission since 1929. The commission is
one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that
provide institutional accreditation. The Higher Learning Commission
is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredits
approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state
region. Institutional accreditation is a voluntary process through
which an entire institution is evaluated and accredited as a whole.
Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs.
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Over the past three years, Lincoln College has engaged in a
process of self-study, addressing the commission's requirements and
criteria for accreditation. An evaluation team of peer-reviewers
will visit Lincoln College Nov. 20-23 to gather evidence to support
the thorough and accurate work of the self-study. The visiting team
will then recommend to the commission a continuing status for the
college. Following a review process, the commission itself will take
Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance should request
the separate "Policy on Complaints" document from the HLC office.
The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between
institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered
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