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Master Chart of the Standard Pathway 10-Year Cycle

To determine where an institution is in the 10-year cycle, find the date of its next reaffirmation in the institution's Statement of Affiliation Status. This date is Year 10, and the preceding academic years correspond to the previous years in the cycle.

Cycle Year

Institutional Activities

Peer Review

HLC Decision Making1

Year 1

Institution may contribute documents to Evidence File Submit interim reports and undergo visits if required Review interim reports and conduct visits if required Action on interim reports and visits if required

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Submit Comprehensive Evaluation Materials2 Conduct Comprehensive Evaluation (with visit) Action on Comprehensive Evaluation3

Year 5

Institution may contribute documents to Evidence File Submit interim reports and undergo visits if required Review interim reports and conduct visits if required Action on interim reports and visits if required

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Submit Comprehensive Evaluation Materials2 Conduct Comprehensive Evaluation (with visit) Action on Comprehensive Evaluation and Reaffirmation of Accreditation4

 

Notes

1 HLC will continue to review data submitted by affiliated institutions through the Institutional Update, will apply change processes as appropriate to planned institutional developments, and will monitor institutions through reports, visits, and other means as it deems appropriate.

2 Materials for a comprehensive evaluation include an Assurance Filing (Assurance Argument and Evidence File) and Federal Compliance Filing. Some institutions will also file materials for a multi-campus review. HLC will provide the results of the institution’s Student Opinion Survey to the institution and peer review team.

3 Institutions undergoing the first comprehensive evaluation following granting of initial accreditation or removal of Probation will be considered for reaffirmation of accreditation as part of the Year 4 comprehensive evaluation. A change of pathway is not an outcome of the Year 4 review.

4 Year 10 includes HLC action regarding reaffirmation of accreditation. Action on the Year 10 review will also determine the institution’s future pathway eligibility.

 

 

 

Color Key

  Required institutional activities
  Optional institutional activities
  Possible required institutional activities
 
  HLC decision-making actions
  Peer review activities
  Possible peer review activities and HLC decision-making actions
 

Transition Maps

Transition maps for institutions with reaffirmation visits in the following years:

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