Every institution of higher learning in the United States undergoes periodic reviews to maintain accreditation and to ensure the quality of the institution. The accrediting body for Illinois Wesleyan University is the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA).

IWU was last reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in October 2012 using the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) process. As part of that review, IWU’s Self-Study Steering Committee prepared a report which addressed the five criteria for maintaining accreditation using data gathered from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees, as well as the community at large, followed by a campus visit by the review team. In January 2013, the Higher Learning Commission voted to continue IWU's accreditation.

In February 2012, the Higher Learning Commission adopted new Criteria for Accreditation which were effective for all institutions as of January 1, 2013. In September 2012, the HLC discontinued the PEAQ process.

IWU’s next comprehensive review is scheduled for October 3-4, 2016.  Since its last review, the University has followed the processes outlined in the HLC’s Standard Pathway model. Instead of a focused process at the end of a ten-year accreditation cycle, the Standard Pathway seeks to reduce the reporting burden on institutions by using existing information and data and collecting them in electronic form as they naturally occur and conducts comprehensive evaluations twice in a ten-year cycle.  To view a chart of IWU’s accreditation cycle, please click here.

In preparation for the HLC visit in October 2016, the University has prepared an Assurance Argument which can be viewed here.  Additionally, the Commission invites comments from the public on IWU’s qualifications for accreditation.  The comments must be written, signed, and sent by September 1, 2016 to the following address:


Public Comment on Illinois Wesleyan University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Ill. 60604-1413


Comments also may be filed electronically via the following link: