Midwest accreditor’s latest move highlights shift in college oversight

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HLC is still working out the details of the pilot. However, enabling students to transfer between its member institutions more efficiently will be a focus, Barbara Gellman-Danley, the agency’s president, said in an emailed statement. The agency expects to meet with leaders of member schools as part of a preliminary research phase.


It already offers accreditation pathways that vary “by the amount of ‘touch'” an institution may need, and HLC spokesperson said in an email. Other historically regional accreditors offer similar options or plans.

For example, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities intends to develop a policy that would entail spending more time with at-risk institutions while using “a lighter touch” with those already performing well on student success and closing equity gaps. Its president, Sonny Ramaswamy, said in an email.

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