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NCA Self-Study 2014

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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central    Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools is the accrediting body for Eastern Illinois University and will conduct a site visit on October 20, 21, and 22, 2014.

 A draft of EIU’s 2014 North Central Association (NCA) Self-Study report is now available as a downloadable PDF. We hope that all members of the EIU campus community will read the report carefully to help identify any instances of incomplete, missing, or inaccurate information, as well as identify strengths in the report, by April 28, 2014.

There are multiple ways to provide feedback on the report.


  1. Enter your comments in the online form. Your name and email address are required in case we need clarification about any comments you provide. Your comments will be sent to Jeff Stowell (jrstowell@eiu.edu), NCA co-chair, and forwarded to the respective subcommittee co-chairs.
  2. Attend the final NCA Seminar 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, in the Martin Luther King University 7th Street Underground Loft. During the seminar, tables will be set up for each of the five criteria where participants can provide specific feedback to the subcommittee co-chairs.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on sections of the 2014 NCA self-study report. Your input is extremely valuable to the Steering Committee and will play an important role in finalizing the report prior to the NCA evaluation team’s site visit October 20-22, 2014.

Download the Report

Note: final formatting and links to source documents are not complete, nor is the conclusion


What is the value?
  • Provides public certification of quality
  • Provides opportunity and incentive for self-improvement
  • Provides a process for making improvements
  • Provides advice and consultation from experienced evaluators
What is the process?
  • Select a Steering Committee
  • Complete a self-assessment
  • Submit an electronic report
  • Complete a site visit
  • Receive a report from the NCA site team
How can I participate in the self-study and accreditation process?
  • Check the Self-Study Web Site for updates and opportunities to participate.
  • Invite an NCA Ambassador, Steering Committee Member, or Subcommittee Member to present information about the process to your administrative unit.
  • Complete the NCA Self-Study Survey.
  • Attend a First Friday Seminar scheduled in the Loft of the Union at 7:30 am. Dates: September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, 2013; February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2, 2014.
  • Review and provide feedback on the self-study drafts.
  • Participate in the Site Visit Interviews.
What are the Accreditation Criteria?
  • Criterion 1- Mission.
  • Criterion 2- Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct.
  • Criterion 3- Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support.
  • Criterion 4- Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement.
  • Criterion 5- Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.
  • Criteria Details: http://www.ncahlc.org/Information-for-Institutions/criteria-for-accreditation.html
Why is the self-study and accreditation important to EIU??
  • To chart progress during the last decade.
  • To identify areas for improvement.
  • To remain current and competitive in higher education.
What goals have been set for the self-study by the steering committee?
  • Achievements: Living the Mission: View the Video here: xxxx/xxxx
  • Engagement: An Engaged Community
  • Unity: A Unified Community

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