Lawrence is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is on the Open Pathway. Accreditation on the Open Pathway requires an Assurance Argument, a Federal Compliance Filing, a Quality Initiative, and a Comprehensive Evaluation Visit. These are described below with links to documents submitted to the HLC.

Accreditation Team (PDF) - This documents lists the people who prepared the items below.

Assurance Argument

Lawrence's ASSURANCE ARGUMENT (PDF) addresses the following criteria for accreditation, with links to materials in the Evidence File.

Criteria for Accreditation

1. Mission - The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.
2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct - The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support - The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement - The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
5. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness - The institution's resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Link to:   Criteria for Accreditation (HLC)   |   University Bylaws   |   Employee Handbook   |   Course Catalog  

Federal Compliance Filing

Lawrence's FEDERAL COMPLIANCE FILING (PDF) describes how Lawrence meets federal requirements for institutions of higher learning. Supporting materials are provided in 25 appendices (available on request from the Office of Research Administration).

Quality Initiative

Lawrence's QUALITY INITIATIVE REPORT (PDF) describes the final two years of the U.S. Department of Education Title III grant-funded project to: (1) improve the transition to college and enhance the success and retention of new first-year students, (2) reduce the gap in persistence and graduation rates between students from groups that have been traditionally at higher risk of attrition compared to the general student population, and (3) improve institutional mechanisms for identifying, tracking, and intervening with at-risk students.

Comprehensive Evaluation Visit

A team of five peer reviewers visited Lawrence on October 1-2, 2018, to meet with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and trustees to verify items in our Assurance Argument and Federal Compliance Form and to seek additional information for their report and recommendations to the HLC. Here is the schedule for that visit.

Here is a POST-VISIT SUMMARY (PDF) of key points from the peer review team's exit meeting with the President's Cabinet.

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