Peer review in accreditation is based on the fundamental assumption that quality in higher education is best served through a process that enables peers of the institution, informed by standards created and applied by professionals in higher education, to make the judgments essential to assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.
HLC relies upon the work of peer reviewers for its accrediting activities. These volunteers generously share their knowledge and experience to assure and advance institutional quality. Learn more about what it means to be a peer reviewer.
HLC maintains a Peer Corps of approximately 1,600 faculty and administrators from institutions within the 19-state North Central region. The peer reviewers play an essential role in all stages of the accreditation process. They are responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with the accreditation criteria, as well as for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission.
- Read the Peer Corps Member Position Description.
- Prepare the following materials:
- Letter of Application, 600 words maximum, describing relevant experience to the role of peer reviewer as described. Note any prior experience with institutional evaluation and assessment, team leadership, facilitation skills, financial oversight, or other skills relevant to successful service as a peer reviewer.
- CV or resume
- Provide the names, titles, and contact information for two professional references. At least one of these references must be from someone at the applicant’s current institution.
To fill particular needs within the Peer Corps, applications from student affairs administrators and those who apply through the Peer Corps Diversity Initiative are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The 2016 general application period is closed.
The yearly general application cycle is as follows:
- Applications are accepted from January through late April.
- Applications are reviewed by the HLC staff in May.
- Applicants are notified in late June.
- Newly accepted peer reviewers receive training beginning in October.
Comprehensive peer review training will be offered in the Chicago area in October 2016. First preference will be granted to new peer reviewers. Upcoming dates for in-person and online training are listed on the Calendar.
Jamie Stanesa, Associate Vice President and Director of the Peer Corps