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Years 1–3

Prepare Assurance Filing

Institution
May contribute documents to Evidence File and begin writing Assurance Argument for Year 4 Assurance Review.

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Year 4

Assurance Review

Institution
Submit Assurance Filing (Assurance Argument and Evidence File).

Peer Review
Conduct Assurance Review (no visit).

HLC Decision Making
Acceptance of or action on Assurance Review.

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Years 5–7

Quality Initiative Proposal

Institution
Submit Quality Initiative Proposal no later than August 31 of Year 7. May also begin preparing Assurance Filing for Year 10 comprehensive evaluation.

Peer Review
Review Quality Initiative Proposal.

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Years 7–9

Quality Initiative Report

Institution
Submit Quality Initiative Report no later than August 31 of Year 9. May also continue preparing Assuring Filing for Year 10 comprehensive evaluation.

Peer Review
Review Quality Initiative Report.

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Year 10

Comprehensive Evaluation

Institution
Submit comprehensive evaluation materials.

Peer Review
Conduct comprehensive evaluation (with visit).

HLC Decision Making
Take action on comprehensive evaluation and Reaffirmation of Accreditation.

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