University Reaccreditation (2009) / Higher Learning Commissions
firstname.lastname@example.org -- Nancy Matthews, Reaccreditation Director
email@example.com -- Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Reaccreditation Deputy Director
(608) 263-6697 -- Nancy Matthews
(608) 265-5975 -- Eden Inoway-Ronnie
Accreditation is the primary means of assuring accountability and improving the quality of higher education institutions. It is required to receive federal and state funding and is essential for private-sector financial support. UW-Madison has been continuously accredited since 1913.
The 2009 Reaccreditation
On November 17th, 2009, the Higher Learning Commission (a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) issued the final approval for the university's 10-year institutional reaccreditation. The preparation for reaccreditation, led by Professor Nancy Mathews, was launched in January, 2007. This self-study over the past two and half years both examined the university against the accreditation criteria and provided guidance for the university's future.
The process, involving more than 6000 people and 300 participants on various theme teams, led to a site visit by a team assembled by HLC on April 27-29. After 48 meetings, attended by more than 380 university faculty, the team's consultant evaluators highly praised our reaccredidation effort and were impressed with the university's reinvestment in facilities, strong extramural support and recruitment and retain of a "faculty of the highest caliber".
Along with the official approval, the HLC also issued an Assurance (a comprehensive evaluation of the visit) and Advancement (further consultation and recommendations from the team) on November 17th.
For the complete self-study report that the university submitted to the HCL, click here.
For detailed information on the timeline, themes and process organizations, click here.