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Competency-Based Education Change Forms Available by August 31

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new guidelines concerning accreditor approval of direct assessment and competency-based programs. HLC is changing its protocols for review of direct assessment and establishing new protocols for review and approval of competency-based education. The new protocols will be available by August 31. Learn more >>

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

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