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Aurora University seeking reaccreditation by Higher Learning Commission

Posted by on February 11, 2013

Aurora, Ill.  – Aurora University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit March 18-19, 2013, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Aurora University has been accredited by the Commission since 1938. Its accreditation is at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels and includes degree sites in Illinois and Wisconsin, including George Williams College.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past year and half, Aurora University has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the university; following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university:

Public Comment on Aurora University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Comments may also be submitted to

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by February 18, 2013 (one month prior to the date of the scheduled visit). The 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.

Aurora University’s Higher Learning Commission Self-Study report offers evidence of how the university meets the HLC’s criteria for accreditation in these areas:

  • Mission
  • Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Teaching and Learning-Quality, Resources and Support
  • Teaching and Learning-Evaluation and Improvement
  • Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Faculty, staff, students, board members and many constituents contributed to the report. The third-party comment process provides additional opportunities to share views on Aurora University, the self-study document prepared and the accreditation process.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.

For more information, please contact Shawn Green, Self-Study Chair, at or 630-844-5527.

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