Accreditation FAQ

Lawrence is preparing for an accreditation review, a process that every major institution of higher learning undergoes. Below, please find answers to some common questions about the process. 

What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a process of review for ensuring that the education provided by colleges and universities meets high standards of quality. There are a variety of benchmarks, and every institution must undergo the full review process every ten years. Lawrence is in its renewal year.

Why does it matter?
Accreditation is a mark of quality assurance. Accreditation is important both for Lawrence’s reputation and access to important funding. Graduate schools and professional programs expect applicants to have completed an appropriate course of study at an accredited institution.  Accreditation is also a process for verifying compliance with federal regulations, eligibility for certain grants and federal funds, as well as encouraging institutional and educational improvement.

Who is our accrediting agency?
Lawrence is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the regional agency that accredits degree-granting institutions in 19 states in the northern and central part of the U.S. Regional accreditation is the standard for academically-oriented nonprofit institutions like Lawrence.

What does the accreditation review entail?
Accreditation involves a variety of submissions, including documents and evidence, as well as invitations for the public to submit comments to the HLC. Representatives from peer institutions will review Lawrence’s materials, visit the campus and produce a report that the HLC uses to determine our accreditation status.

When is Lawrence’s review taking place?
Fall 2018. Lawrence’s materials will be submitted by September 1. The site visit will take place October 1-2. Comments on Lawrence’s accreditation are due to the HLC on August 31 and can be submitted here: https://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/third-party-comment.html.

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