University Planning

On-Site Review Team Recommends 10-year Re-Accreditation

The On-Site Review Team from the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has recommended re-affirmation of accreditation for Western Illinois University with the next comprehensive visit scheduled for 2021. We wish to thank all members of the campus community for this most successful visit. A ten year re-affirmation recommendation is the highest recommendation a University can receive from an on-site team visit.

The team visit is followed by a review process and Commission action. The Commission's process is multilayered to ensure the appropriateness of its actions. The process includes review of documents relating to the visit by a Readers Panel, action by the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), and validation of IAC actions by the Commission Board of Trustees. Only after these steps are achieved in the months ahead, can the University officially announce the outcome of its visit. At that time, per Commission policy, we will also post the on-site review team's report on the University's accreditation website and we will have a press release.

Once again, thank you to all who participated. It was an extremely successful visit.

Al Goldfarb, President
Joe Rives, Vice President, Quad Cities, Planning and Technology
Judi Dallinger, Associate Provost, Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.

The complete Team Report for Western is available as a PDF download.


WIU Accreditation On-Site Review Calendar

The calendar for the on-site review team's Februrary 14-16, 2011 visit to the two campuses of Western Illinois University is now available.

Please note that following Commission protocol, the team requests meetings and has the right to change or request additional campus meetings prior to and through completion of the on-site visit.

This calendar was published February 6, 2011, and the campus community will be notified if there are changes to the itinerary.

WIU Accreditation Overview

Western Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Commission). Receiving institutional accreditation by the Commission is designed to provide assurance to the public, and particularly to prospective students, that the University meets clearly stated criteria and that there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them. Institutional accreditation is also required for the University to receive and disperse federal Title IV financial aid and assures that Western Illinois University credit hours and degrees are transferable to other accredited institutions of higher education.

Institutional accreditation decisions are based on meaningful self study processes and corresponding site visitations. Western Illinois University’s last site team visit was in 2001. The University received a ten-year reaccreditation with no stipulations about interim reports or visits. This is the most favorable outcome the accreditation process allows. Since that visit, the University received Commission authorization to begin offering its first doctoral degree n 2005 and the University completed its required site focus visit in 2008, again with no stipulations about interim reports or visits.

The University is next scheduled for a site visit in academic year 2010-2011. By using the Higher Values in Higher Education Strategic Plan, we will study the five criteria for re-accreditation and engage in special emphases focusing on: adapting best practices in distance learning, growing and strengthening our two campuses, and measuring and enacting our core values. By the end of academic year 2008-2009, there will be draft reports shared with the campus and external community for review and feedback.