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Master Chart of the Open Pathway 10-Year Cycle

Institutions on the Open Pathway undergo the following reviews in addition to the regular monitoring that occurs through HLC’s Institutional Update, substantive change requests, interim monitoring and other processes. To determine where an institution is in the 10-year cycle, find the date of its next reaffirmation in the institution's Statement of Affiliation Status. This date is Year 10, and the preceding academic years correspond to the previous years in the cycle.

Cycle Year

Institutional Activities

Peer Review

HLC Decision Making

Year 1

Institution may contribute
documents to Evidence File
   

Year 2

   

Year 3

   

Year 4

Submit Assurance Filing (Assurance Argument and Evidence File) Conduct Assurance
Review (no visit)
Acceptance of
or action on Assurance Review

Year 5

Institution may contribute documents to Evidence File Period to submit Quality
Initiative Proposal
  Review
Quality
Initiative
Proposal
   

Year 6

     

Year 7

Period to submit Quality Initiative Report Review
Quality
Initiative
Report
 

Year 8

     

Year 9

     

Year 10

Submit comprehensive evaluation
materials
Conduct comprehensive
evaluation (with visit)
Action on
comprehensive
evaluation and
Reaffirmation of
Accreditation

 

 

 

 

Color Key

 

  Required institutional activities
  Optional institutional activities
  HLC decision-making actions
  Peer review activities

 

Transition Maps

Transition maps for institutions with reaffirmation visits in the following years:

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