Heidelberg University’s accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has been reaffirmed for the next 10 years. This is important and great news for the university!
In the words of President Rob Huntington: “This is an important step for the future of Heidelberg as we continue to shape the institution in ways that will provide our students with exceptional opportunities, both in and out of the classroom. Our sharper focus on student education excellence and student success has been affirmed by HLC.”
What does HLC accreditation mean?
Essentially, it means Heidelberg does what it promises in educating students. HLC accreditation indicates that Heidelberg is a high-quality institution based on certain rigorous standards such as academics, administration and resources.
What’s the benefit for current students?
As a student, you will know that Heidelberg is committed to provide you with the best opportunities, in and out of the classroom. It also is proof that we continue to make positive change based on what you need. You and your family can be assured that Heidelberg is a great place to earn a degree and prepare for a successful career and life. Employers also look to hire people who have graduated from an accredited institution.
What does it mean for alumni?
The value of a Heidelberg degree is validated by HLC reaffirmation of our accreditation. It’s confirmation that Heidelberg continues to be the special place that our alumni remember, that our faculty and staff are proud of to work here, that they are dedicated to our mission and committed to excellence.
How did we get here?
Heidelberg has been continuously accredited by HLC since 1913. Every 10 years, the university undergoes a mandated reaffirmation process. To get ready for this year’s comprehensive evaluation by a team of HLC reviewers, a team of 36 faculty and staff spent two years assessing every aspect of Heidelberg’s operation. That evaluation took place in the spring semester 2016.
As part of the process, Heidelberg will develop an interim report in two years that will address ways we have improved assessment outcomes across the campus. Then, in 10 years, during the 2025-26 academic year, the university will have its next HLC evaluation.