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HLC Visit Schedule

Illinois Wesleyan will undergo a comprehensive evaluation from the Higher Learning Commission October 3-4, 2016.  Over these two days, there will be three Open Forum meetings concerning the Criteria for Accreditation and four Drop-In Sessions for University community members to speak to team members privately or in a group setting.  The schedule of events is posted below. Please attend any of these events as your interest and schedule allows.  Thank you all for your assistance over this four-year initiative!

The University's Assurance Argument may be accessed via the following link:

Monday, October 3rd:


Open Forum – Criteria 1 & 2
1:30-2:30PM, Ames Beckman Auditorium

Criterion 1: Mission
    • The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.
    • The mission is articulated publicly.
    • The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.
    • The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.
Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
    • The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.
    • The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.
    • The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.
    • The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
    • The institution ensures that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.

Open Forum – Criteria 3 & 4
2:45-3:45PM, Ames Beckman Auditorium

Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
    • The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
    • The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
    • The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
    • The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

    • The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.
    • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.
    • The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.

Drop-In Sessions
Private in Ames 201A; Group in Ames Beckman Auditorium

Tuesday, October 4th


Drop-In Sessions
8:00 - 8:45AM
Private in Ames 201A; Group in Ames Beckman Auditorium


Open Forum – Criterion 5
9:00-10:00AM, Ames Beckman Auditorium

Criterion 5: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
    • The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
    • The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
    • The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
    • The institution works systematically to improve its performance.

Michael Thompson - Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Department - Institutional Effectiveness