Reaffirmation of Accreditation at GVSU

Grand Valley State University will be undergoing a comprehensive visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 for reaffirmation of our accreditation. This is a regularly scheduled visit that occurs at the end of a 10-year review cycle. The visiting team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC Criteria for Accreditation. Grand Valley first attained its status as an accredited university in March 1968.  An Assurance Argument detailing how we meet the Criteria for Accreditation is submitted to a peer review team prior to the visit. The primary purpose of the visit will be to engage with faculty, staff, students and community constituents to verify the information presented in the Assurance Argument. A broad review of the curricular, co-curricular and operational activities of the institution will take place to assure our focus on maintaining high standards, as well as promoting effective teaching and learning across all disciplines, programs and departments. We are prepared and committed to fulfilling our obligations and expectations, ensuring both learning and operational outcomes meet or exceed target levels. 


Pursuit and maintenance of accreditation ensures that curricular and co-curricular programming and services provided by Grand Valley meet or exceed the levels of quality prescribed by national and regional accrediting bodies. By having and maintaining accreditation status, we are displaying a strong commitment to sustaining a high level of accountability and accuracy to students and the community. Institutional accreditation recognizes the overall quality of the organization; it covers all programs, sites, and methods of delivery.

The Higher Learning Commission

The HLC is one of six regional accreditation agencies that accredits degree-granting, post-secondary institutions of higher education, responsible for institutions based in a 19-state region of the United States. Institutions that the HLC accredits are evaluated against the Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that must be met to receive and/or maintain accredited status. The federal government has an interest in the role of accreditation in assuring quality in higher education for the students who benefit from federal financial aid programs. By being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a gatekeeper agency, the HLC fulfills specific federally defined responsibilities within the accreditation processes.

Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation
An integral part of Grand Valley's commitment to creating and sustaining a quality educational environment involves integration of Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation efforts. All three components work together to make certain the University is not only maintaining the educational integrity the public has come to expect of our program offerings, but consistently improving as well. Strategic planning processes are inclusive and ongoing, involve all constituents of the University, and provide the framework and road map for how we develop and structure our curricular, co-curricular and operational functions. Assessment and evaluation of achievement of our planned objectives ensure both learning and operational outcomes meet or exceed target levels. Grand Valley is focused on maintaining the highest levels of accreditation for which they are eligible, as well as on promoting effective teaching and learning across all disciplines, schools, departments and programs.

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