CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0557; fax (319) 335-0558
Accreditation agency seeks public comment on the University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will undergo a comprehensive
evaluation visit Feb. 22-25, 1998, by a team representing the Commission
on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university.
Comments should be sent to this address:
Public Comment on The University of Iowa
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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 Jan. 19, 1998. 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.
The University of Iowa was first accredited in 1913 as a charter member
of the North Central Association. The university offers programs leading
to the Bachelor's (arts and sciences and professional curricula) degree,
the Master's (arts and sciences and professional curricula) degree, the
Specialist's degree, and the Doctor's (research and professional curricula)
degree. The university offers courses and programs at its campus in Iowa
City; some courses are also offered at other locations within the state.
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education 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 950 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state
region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
For the past 18 months, the University of Iowa has been engaged in a
process of self study, addressing the Commission's requirements and criteria
for accreditation. For this review, the university has selected a special
emphasis: "The Application of Computer Technology to Teaching and
Learning in a Research University." 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.
Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution
should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission
office. The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education cannot settle
disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be
considered third party comment.