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Rives: HLC Appointments

March 21, 2013

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL -- Joe Rives, vice president of the Quad Cities and planning, has been invited to serve as an eligibility and specialized reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission accredits and grants membership in the 19-state north central region.

According to the HLC, each year, the commission's Board of Trustees appoints eligibility panel members. The two-person panels review the documents submitted by institutions participating in the commission's "Seeking Accreditation Process" and determine if the evidence appears to demonstrate that the institution meets eligibility requirements. In addition to serving on eligibility panels, the reviewers conduct initial accreditation and candidacy visits, as well as other specialized visits. Rives' term is from Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2017.

In addition to the eligibility and specialized reviewer appointment, Rives was recently selected to participate in the commission's "Design Think Tank" in May. The program's purpose is to develop the Academy on Student Persistence and Completion, a multi-year institutional development program. With the implementation of the HLC's new criteria, student persistence and completion are now accrediting expectations. According to the HLC, the primary focus of the think tank will be on identifying critical issues, potentially useful approaches and institutional cultural and demographic concerns that have an effect on student persistence and completion.

Rives joined Western's administration in 2005 after serving at Illinois State University since 1990. Rives is the University's point of contact for Quad Cities economic development issues; provides leadership for University-wide planning; and is responsible for institutional accreditation for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

He is also a member of the Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) Board and the Serve Illinois Commission. In addition, Rives is the chair of Renew Moline's Moline Project Management Team (PMT) and serves on Quad Cities Regional Opportunities Council for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators, Illinois and National Association of Institutional Research, Society for College and University Planning and the Higher Learning Commission. He works with Illinois and Iowa community colleges to institute collaborative educational paths, and is the vice chair and chair of the Council of Member Institutions for the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center.

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