CHADRON – Following a successful comprehensive on-campus visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Chadron State College’s status as an accredited institution has been continued.
Chadron State President Randy Rhine made the announcement to faculty and staff members Friday during the opening all-campus meeting of the 2017 academic year.
At its meeting July 31, the Institutional Actions Committee of the HLC agreed with a peer review team’s finding that CSC met all the core components of its Assurance Argument, the criteria for accreditation, through the Open Pathways option. As part of the reaffirmation process, CSC also successfully submitted the Federal Compliance Review and the Quality Initiative.
“The journey to prepare for the HLC comprehensive visit began more than four years ago in the summer 2013. The constant and relentless effort has paid dividends that was evident to the HLC Peer Review Team and stated in the report: ‘Chadron has good reason to be proud of its success in meeting the difficult task of making what is often thought of as a sterile planning a thing of the past and in its ability to make a plan implementation a responsibility that is enthusiastically embraced by all on campus,’” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Charles Snare.
Nine committees and task teams consisting of several dozen faculty and staff members collaborated on various HLC documents, including the Assumed Practices, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the Quality Initiative, the Federal Compliance Review and the Assurance Argument. Because of the successful reaffirmation, CSC chose the Open Pathway option for maintaining accreditation, designed to give institutions the independence to pursue improvement projects that are geared toward needs and aspirations.
“This is a milestone for Chadron State College and I want to thank all the faculty, staff and students who worked on the college’s reaffirmation,” Rhine said. “Clearly, the HLC process was a large undertaking for everyone on campus and I was pleased to see collaboration across so many departments. To see the entire campus working together toward a common goal is rewarding and I am excited to see where this momentum carries Chadron State College into the future.”
Snare added accreditation is important because it provides colleges and universities a standard of credibility with their peers, confirms CSC meets professional standards, and the college remains eligible to receive federal financial funds.
Chadron State College has been accredited by the HLC since 1923. According to its website, HLC is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the North Central region, comprised of 19 states.
—Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations