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Feb. 7, 2008

Accreditation agency seeks public comment on the UI

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.

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 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 commission states that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by March 28; comments received after the due date may not 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 commission invites the public to submit comments regarding the university. Comments should be sent to:

Public Comment on The University of Iowa
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

The University of Iowa has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1913, and is a charter member of the organization.

One of six accrediting agencies in the United States, the Higher Learning Commission provides voluntary institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole, while other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. The commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Persons 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.

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,