An Invitation to Comment on Xavier University"s Accreditation

January 19, 2011

Xavier University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 4-6, 2011, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Xavier has been continuously accredited by the Commission since 1935. Its accreditation is at the Master's degree level and includes degree sites at various other locations within the state.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutes of higher education in a 19-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the two years, Xavier has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission's requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit Xavier to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the college. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding Xavier University to:

Public Comment on Xavier University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by March 1, 2011. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comment.