HLC Site Visit Frequently Asked Questions
Institutional accreditation at Mercy College is provided by the Higher Learning Commission (HCL), a member of the North Central Association (NCA).
Candidacy was initially granted to Mercy College in 1997 and accreditation was granted in 1999 for the Bachelor’s level. The last PEAQ Comprehensive Evaluation was 2003-2004 and the next PEAQ Comprehensive Evaluation will be 2013-2014.
It is an independent review of an institution’s educational programs. It helps to ensure that the programs and institution meet high quality standards/criteria established by the accrediting body. Also, unaccredited schools are not eligible for many kinds of federal support.
The Commission provides 3 programs for maintaining accredited status: the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ), the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQUIP), and a new model developed by the Commission called Pathways. Mercy College is a PEAQ Institution and will move into the Pathways Model in 2014 after our next scheduled site visit.
The 5 steps are:
For more info visit: http://ncahlc.org/Information-for-the-Public/public-information.html
Two things: Prepare a written self-study tentatively scheduled for fall 2013 and participate in a 3-day visit/evaluation tentatively scheduled for 2013-2014