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HLC Assurance Review 2017

CMU's most recent reaffirmation of accreditation review culminated with the University's institutional accreditation being reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission for ten years (through Academic Year 2023 - 2024). Beginning in 2014, CMU transitioned to a new process: Standard Pathways. Through this process, CMU will submit an Assurance Argument and Evidence File that documents how the Institution meets the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation. Additionally, the HLC will visit CMU twice within this ten-year period, once after four years (AY 2017 - 2018) and again at the ten-year point (AY 2023 - 2024). In 2015, a Steering Committee began preparation of the required Assurance Argument that will be submitted in 2017, to be followed by a site visit in November, 2017.

Why is Accreditation Important?

Accreditation demonstrates the overall quality of an institution and shows that the academic and administrative programs and processes are aligned with the institution's mission. Accreditation proves an institution's commitment to sustaining a high level of accountability to students and the larger community, and shows that an institution is dedicated to educational improvement.

Accreditation assures students that the academic programs at CMU meet nationally recognized standards. Without accreditation CMU would be unable to receive federal funds for student financial aid and research. In addition, students attending accredited universities and colleges are eligible to take state licensure examinations in many professional fields, and are able to transfer credits earned at accredited universities and colleges to other accredited universities and colleges.