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Strategic Plan Update

HLC launched an initiative to develop a strategic plan in the fall of 2014. The first phase of this project involved a survey of HLC’s institutions and listening sessions at its 2015 Annual Conference to identify leading trends in higher education and their influence on accreditation. HLC will use this information to create the plan, which will be launched at the 2016 Annual Conference. President Barbara Gellman-Danley will provide regular updates on the progress of this initiative. View her recent message on key trends and next steps in the process >>

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Policy Updates

Adopted: Policy changes related to assumed practices (effective September 1, 2017; see implementation timeline)

The HLC Board of Trustees approved on first reading the following proposed revised policies on June 25–26, 2015. Comments are invited on the proposals before the Board takes final action in November 2015. Please email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 8, 2015.

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About HLC

The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States.

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