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HLC Receives Grant From Lumina Foundation

HLC has received a $500,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation for programming to cultivate industry-leading practices within the higher education accreditation process, focusing on student success and innovation. HLC will work with institutions to develop student success policies and processes and to showcase best practices of high-performing colleges and universities. The innovation infrastructure supported by the grant will include a think tank, which will become an incubator for practices to enhance the value of institutional accreditation, and the development of institutional “safe zones” for piloting programs and new practices. These initiatives support two key goals of HLC’s strategic plan, Beyond the Horizon.

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Policy Updates

The Board adopted the following policy revisions on second reading on August 31, 2016. They are effective immediately.

Policy changes related to financially distressed institutions and institutions under governmental investigation

At its meeting on June 30–July 1, 2016, the Board of Trustees approved on first reading the following proposed policy revisions. HLC invites comments on these proposed policies before the Board takes final action. Comments can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposed: Policy changes related to eliminating extension of accreditation
Comments must be received by September 12, 2016. 

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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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