The Higher Learning Commission has granted Huntington University reaffirmation of its regional accreditation.
“Regional accreditation validates the efforts of quality institutions as they maintain high academic standards for their graduates,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, Huntington University’s president. “We are honored to be recognized by the Higher Learning Commission as providing meaningful curricular and co-curricular engagement for HU undergraduate and graduate learning experiences. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for their work in this valuable process.”
The reaccreditation process consisted of a yearlong self-study involving students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members and the community. The reaccreditation steering committee then wrote a 200-page document that analyzed all aspects of institutional operations. More than 3,000 pieces of data were collected and then incorporated into the self-study.
In March, a five-member team of peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission visited the campus and interviewed groups of students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as board and community members. The team reported its findings to the university and recommended reaccreditation.
“The visit team was impressed with everyone they met, but they noted that our alumni and neighbors felt particularly positive about what we are doing,” said Dr. Del Doughty, associate dean for academic affairs and the chairman for the reaccreditation steering committee. “That wasn’t surprising to us, but it was a reminder of how fortunate we at HU are to enjoy good relations with our graduates and our friends in the broader Huntington community.”
The reaccreditation period is for 10 years with the next reaffirmation process to take place during the 2023-2024 academic year. A decade is the longest period that the Higher Learning Commission reaffirms an institution’s accreditation. Huntington University has maintained its accreditation since 1961.
“From some angles, the reaccreditation process may look like the very essence of bureaucracy,” Doughty said. “But to the extent that our community has embraced the process as an opportunity for self-analysis, we are the better for it. We asked ourselves many difficult questions over the past two years, learned much, and now we are turning it to account. Our stakeholders are more engaged with our mission, more connected to each other, and more focused on good results. In short, it’s an experience that has yielded much good fruit.”
The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.