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Higher Learning Commission Self-Study

HLC Self-Study

Kansas State University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association since 1916. Continued accreditation by the HLC is recognition that the academic and administrative programs and processes at K-State are aligned with the university mission, and that they meet certain quality standards.

K-State conducted a self-study of its programs and processes, in accordance with the criteria of accreditation as established by the HLC:

  1. Mission and Integrity
  2. Preparing for the Future
  3. Student Learning and Effective Teaching
  4. Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge
  5. Engagement and Service

This self-study report is displayed at HLC Self Study. The self-study effort involved over 100 faculty, staff, and students from around the university. We submitted the self-study to the HLC in February 2012.

The HLC Accreditation visit took place from April 9-11, 2012. The following documents contain the formal notification of the action taken by the HLC and the full report from the HLC visiting team. The report details the visitation teams thoughts on our performance relative to the HLC standards. The letter documents that K-State was granted continued accreditation for 10 more years.

  1. Comprehensive Action Letter
  2. Report of Comprehensive Evaluation Visit

I want to thank everyone who was involved with the self-study process or the comprehensive visit. This has been a wonderful team effort. I am proud to be a part of the K-State family. If you have any questions regarding our status or any part of the accreditation process, feel free to contact me at niehoff@ksu.edu.

Thank you,

Brian Niehoff

Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and HLC Self-Study Chair

HLC Self Study Timeline

  • HLC Accreditation Self-Study

    September 2009

  • Appoint committee members

    October-December 2009

  • Draft Chapter Outlines

    January-May 2010

  • Draft Chapters

    June 2010-October 2010

  • Review Draft Chapters

    November-December 2010

  • Second Draft of Chapters

    January-March 2011

  • Internal Committee Review

    April-May 2011

  • Draft Comprehensive Report

    June-November 2011

  • Institution-Wide Review

    November 2011

  • Gather Feedback

    December 2011

  • Final Report Review

    January 2011

  • Submit Final Report

    February 2012

  • Self-Study Update

    February-March 2012

  • Site Visit

    April 9-11, 2012

  • Outcome

    Summer 2012