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What is HLC, and why is it important?

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the state of Kansas.

HLC has established five Criteria for Accreditation, and evaluates colleges and universities to verify that they are met. The Criteria set forth basic standards in areas such as mission, integrity, educational quality, and resources.

Accreditation is an ongoing process that requires all colleges and universities to be reviewed periodically for reaffirmation of their accreditation. Emporia State University’s affiliation with HLC began in 1915 with its initial accreditation. The university’s next reaffirmation review is scheduled for Spring 2015.

The Self-Study

The university initially “makes its case” for continued accreditation by writing and submitting a Self-Study document. The purpose of the Self-Study is to demonstrate, with evidence, that ESU meets the five Criteria for Accreditation set forth by the Higher Learning Commission. ESU’s Self-Study has been more than a year in the making, and incorporates broad input from faculty members, staff members, and administrators.

The link on this page will take you to ESU’s Self-Study. You will note that one section of the document is devoted to each of the required criteria, and that internal links refer the reader to evidence supporting the university’s compliance with the criteria.

The HLC campus visit: March 23-25, 2015

If the Self-Study is the university’s initial opportunity to “make the case,” then the Comprehensive Evaluation Visit is a culminating process based on peer review. An evaluation team comprising appointees from other HLC-accredited institutions will visit Emporia State University on March 23-25, 2015. Using the Self-Study as its frame of reference, the team will conduct a close observation of ESU’s compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.

To view the complete study, click here.

Higher Learning Commission Evaluation Team

Phillip Bridgmon

Dr. Phillip Bridgmon
Dean of Liberal Arts
Northeastern State University

Narbeth Emmanuel

Dr. Narbeth Emmanuel
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Esther Fahm

Dr. Esther Fahm
Team Chair
Professor Emeritus, Food and Nutrition
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Joann Fredrickson

Dr. Joann Fredrickson
Professor of Business Administration
Bemidji State University

Deborah Huntley

Dr. Deborah Huntley
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Saginaw Valley State University

Bin Ning

Dr. Bin Ning
AVP and Executive Director, Institutional Research and Info Management
Eastern Michigan University

David Sammeth

Dr. David Sammeth
Professor of Chemistry
New Mexico Highlands University

Malayappan Shridhar

Dr. Malayappan Shridhar
Associate Provost
University of Michigan-Dearborn

HLC Steering Committee

Mr. Jason Bosch
Dr. Joan Brewer
Mr. Rob Catlett
Dr. David Cordle
Mr. Mike Erickson
Dr. Kathy Ermler
Mr. Cory Falldine
Dr. Shelly Gehrke
Dr. Dipak Ghosh
Mr. Art Gutierrez
Ms. Elaine Henrie
Ms. Lynn Hobson
Ms. Cynthia Kane
Dr. Jo Kord
Ms. Diana Kuhlmann
Ms. Gwen Larson
Dr. Marie Miller
Dr. Andrew Smith
Dr. R. Brent Thomas
Dr. Ken Weaver
Dr. Jim Williams
Dr. Gary Wyatt

Criterion Committees

Criterion One

Jason Brooks
Gonzalo Bruce
Jim Costello
Kathy Ermler
Shelly Gehrke, Chair
Heidi Hamilton
Steven Hanschu
Joyce Zhou

Criterion Two

Kathy Ermler, Chair
Dipak Ghosh
Elaine Henrie
Kim Massoth
Joella Mehrhof
Amy Sage-Webb
Andrew Smith

Criterion Three

Jason Bosch
Tim Burnett
Rob Catlett
William Clamurro
June Coleman
Art Gutierrez
Lynn Hobson
Kathy Landwehr
Jodie Leiss
Marie Miller
Amy Sage-Webb
Ken Weaver, Chair
Gary Wyatt

Criterion Four

Jason Bosch
Joan Brewer, Chair
Rob Catlett
June Coleman
Elaine Henrie
Marie Miller
Gary Wyatt

Criterion Five

Michael Erickson, Co-Chair
Ray Hauke
Diana Kuhlmann, Co-Chair
Ray Lauber
Kevin Rabas
Mike Wise


Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Criteria for HLC Accreditation

Criteria Overview