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UW-Whitewater earns 10 more years of accreditation

Released: October 12, 2006

It's official. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has earned 10 more years of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Vice Chancellor and Provost Richard Telfer commented that the reaccreditation is extremely important for UW-Whitewater. "The reaccreditation process has allowed us to look very closely at UW-Whitewater as an institution and gain feedback from the Higher Learning Commission site visit team about our progress. This reinforces our belief that we are a distinctive, future-oriented, learning-focused and connected institution," Telfer said.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation on a regular basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution in terms of its mission and standards for criteria, including: mission and integrity; preparing for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.

During the Higher Learning Commission's March visit, the university was commended for providing high-quality instruction despite increased workloads and budget cuts as well as professional development opportunities that promote life-long learning, among other things.

"I'm obviously both happy and proud that the institution garnered a full ten-year accreditation, with no follow-up activities or requirements," John Stone, interim dean for the school of graduate studies and continuing education and campus coordinator for the self-study process, said. "I'm given to understand that, currently, less than 10 percent of institutions undergoing this process earn full accreditation with no follow-up. I think that is real credit to the university."

Telfer added, "I am pleased we received full reaccreditation, with no required follow-up reports. This evaluation indicates the quality of our self-study and of the work we are doing at UW-Whitewater."

Students, faculty and staff will greatly benefit from the affirmation that the institution is providing a strong educational program. According to Telfer, the reaccreditation is a testament to the value of the courses, programs and degrees offered at UW-Whitewater, and students can see that based on its evaluation, UW-Whitewater maintains high quality. Faculty and staff can also recognize that the work they do is reviewed and recognized by their peers in the higher education community. UW-Whitewater will have its next comprehensive evaluation in 2015.

"As a practical matter, reaccreditation assures that the courses, programs and degrees we offer will continue to be accepted by other colleges and universities across the nation," Telfer said.

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was founded in 1895 with the purpose of establishing close relations between the colleges and secondary schools of the region. The Association has been committed to the improvement of education at all levels though evaluation and accreditation throughout its history.

For more information, contact Richard Telfer at or (262) 472-1672.

-Patti Schenker,

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