Antioch University Los Angeles hosted the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit team on Tuesday, May 14th. The visit was part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process for Antioch University, which has been continuously accredited since 1927. Reaffirmation of accreditation takes place roughly every seven to ten years. It’s a voluntary system that assures the public of a school’s academic quality and fiscal responsibility, makes its students eligible for federal financial aid, and provides a welcome opportunity for self-assessment and reflection.
Antioch University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is the non-governmental body that grants accreditation. The HLC is the branch of the NCA that accredits colleges and universities. In determining whether a school has earned accreditation, the HLC “seeks a culture of aspiration and continual improvement rather than satisfaction of minimum requirements.”
The HLC bases accreditation on institutional self-evaluation. To that end, Antioch University has undertaken a massive institutional evaluation process, which resulted in a self-study report demonstrating how the University meets or exceeds all of the criteria and specific components and sub-components of the HLC. Thousands of documents were gathered and analyzed, providing concrete evidence of everything from the transparency of campus policies to the effectiveness of various teaching methodologies. The evaluation was overseen by Antioch University’s Steering Committee, which includes a dozen faculty and staff members from all Antioch University campuses as well as the system office.
The HLC site visit team spent the day meeting with President Tex Boggs, the Campus Self Study Committee, Provost Luis Pedraja, CFO David Houser, members of our Board, staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community leaders.