In the 2013-2014 academic year, SVSU celebrates its 50th anniversary. It is fitting this milestone is paired with our re-accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). This process offers the chance for both reflecting on our past and present and planning for our future.
Accreditation for institutions of higher learning like SVSU is a voluntary, peer-review process that provides public certification of institutional quality, ensures the transferability of academic credits earned at accredited institutions, and permits accredited schools to award federally-based financial aid.
SVSU was first awarded accreditation by the NCA in 1970. Its last comprehensive site visit was in 2004. HLC will visit SVSU again on April 7-9, 2014.
HLC accreditation matters to all university stakeholders—students, faculty, staff, and community members.
*It is a public measure of quality. It offers a direct statement (supported by clear evidence) of SVSU’s institutional effectiveness and continual improvement. Accreditation helps guide students who are considering applying or transferring to SVSU, and it allows SVSU credits to transfer elsewhere. It aids in faculty and staff recruitment, and it signals the strength of our graduates.
*It provides transparency to our stakeholders and our broader community. Accreditation is a public, external demonstration of institutional accountability, integrity, and responsibility.
*It addresses federal and state demands. It allows SVSU to award federally-backed financial aid. (Approximately 80% of our students receive financial aid.) It permits the institution and individual faculty, staff, and students to apply for a range of federal and state grants and programs.
*It can be of immense internal value. As a practice centered on ongoing assessment, it can help all members of SVSU’s community better understand our rich, multi-faceted institution and can help shape institutional change and improvement.