Minot State University seeks public comment
Minot State University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit between March 31 and April 2, 2008, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Minot State University has been accredited by NCA since 1917. Its most recent HLC accreditation period began in 1997. Its present HLC accreditation is at the Education Specialistís degree level and also includes degree sites at various other locations within North Dakota.
The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. It is formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. While other agencies provide accreditation for specific university programs, HLC accreditation evaluates the entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Accreditation is voluntary. HLC accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region.
For the past two years, Minot State University has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing HLC requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution between March 31 and April 2, 2008, to gather evidence that the self-study has been thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Higher Learning Commission a continuing status for the university; following a review process, HLC itself will take the final action.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding Minot State University:
Public Comment on Minot State University
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by Feb. 29, 2008. The Higher Learning Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.
It should be noted that individuals with a specific dispute or grievance should request the separate "Policy on Complaints" document from the above HLC office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered as third-party comment.