Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation Visit
October 29-30, 2018


Celebrate Everything! 


Edgewood College has been continuously accredited since March 28, 1958. Every ten years the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducts a comprehensive review of the College. Our next comprehensive review site visit will be October 29-30, 2018.

Invitation for Public Comment


Edgewood College is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit on October 29-30, 2018, from a team of peer reviewers representing the Higher Learning Commission. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

Edgewood College has been accredited by HLC since 1958. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Submit comments to HLC at hlcommission.org/comment, or mail them to the address below. All comments must be received by September 28, 2018.

Public Comment on Edgewood College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL  60604-1411 

What is the Higher Learning Commission?


The HLC is a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the U.S. in which regional agencies operate. These regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities. Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.


What is Accreditation?


As a regional accreditation agency, the Higher Learning Commission accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions that HLC accredits are evaluated against HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status.

Accreditation is the primary means of assuring accountability and improving the quality of higher education institutions. It is required to receive federal and state funding and is essential for private-sector financial support. Accreditation is a designation and a process. As a designation, it serves as public recognition that an institution has met accepted standards of quality. As a process, it demonstrates an ongoing commitment to self-study and external peer review. These assessments affirm that quality standards are being met and provide opportunities to enhance student outcomes.


What is the Evaluation Process?


HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement.

Edgewood College is preparing an evidence-based document that is the basis for reaffirmation of our accreditation. The reaffirmation process will culminate in a site visit by a team of HLC peer reviewers made up of faculty and staff from other universities with similar missions.

Will be assessed on 5 criteria:

  1. Mission: The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
  2. Integrity—Ethical and Responsible Conduct: The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
  3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support: The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
  4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement: The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
  5. Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness: The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

HLC Criteria for Accreditation (pdf)

Executive Summaries for Core Components 1-5


The Site Visit


The team of peer reviewers will visit Edgewood College October 29-30, 2018. During the two-day visit the review team will meet with faculty, staff, and students and will validate the assurance argument and evidence that Edgewood College meets the five criteria for accreditation.

Site Visit Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)


Our Higher Learning Commission Visiting Team

Larry Grieshaber

Team Chair
Dr. Larry Grieshaber
Professor Emeritus,

Healthcare Management
Maryville University of St. Louis

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Team Member
Dr. Bin Ning
AVP and Executive Director,
Institutional Research and
Information Management
Eastern Michigan University

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Team Member
Dr. Diane Fladeland
Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Mary

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Haseeb Ahmed

Team Member
Dr. Haseeb Ahmed
Dean, Heidelberg School of Business
Professor of Finance
Heidelberg University

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The HLC Accreditation Team


Edgewood College has a Steering Committee guiding the re-accreditation process:

  • Dean Pribbenow
  • Susan Hollingsworth, Co-Chair
  • E.J. Keeley, Co-Chair
  • Kelley Grorud
  • Claire Mand
  • Colleen Gullickson
  • Karen Franker
  • Tony Garcia
  • Mike Lake
  • Leigh Maxwell

Questions? HLCTeam@edgewood.edu