NAU’s Steering Committee for reaccreditation is seeking your feedback by May 1.

Accreditation provides public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six regional associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that accredit institutions of higher education. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education uses accreditation as a basis for its determination of institutional eligibility for participating in various federally funded programs, including Title IV financial aid to students.

As part of the reaffirmation of our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, NAU must demonstrate that we meet the Criteria for Accreditation. To do so, we have written an Assurance Argument articulating how NAU meets each criterion and core component and provided embedded supporting evidence.

NAU’s Steering Committee for reaccreditation invites the campus community to read the Draft Assurance Argument and provide feedback by May 1, 2017.

Please let the commission know whether you think they have adequately described how NAU meets each core component within each of the five criteria and if you think the provided evidence supports their claims.

A feedback form will be provided in the system for the campus community to send feedback anonymously or signed with name/email. If you prefer, contact Laurie.Dickson@nau.edu or Becky.Butcher@nau.edu to set up a meeting to discuss the process and/or the Assurance Argument.