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April 24, 2008

Faculty, staff, students, alumni invited to meet accreditation team April 28-30

The University of Iowa will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 28-30 by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend one of three open forums on Monday, April 28, to speak with the consultant-evaluators about issues relevant to the university's accreditation. All forums will be held from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) as follows:

--Students and alumni, Lucas Dodge Room, Room 256.
--Staff, Penn State Room, Room 337.
--Faculty, Indiana Room, Room 346.

The University of Iowa has been accredited since 1913 by the NCACS, of which it is a charter member.

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 1,100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past two years, 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 on undergraduate education. The evaluation team is visiting 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.

For more information see the university's re-accreditation Web site

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Rocklin, Vice Provost, 319-335-0565,; Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,