The Assurance Argument and Federal Compliance Report
Lindenwood University is currently writing an Assurance Argument in preparation for its comprehensive evaluation and site visit on November 6-7, 2017 by a peer review team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Assurance Argument details how the University is meeting each of the five HLC Criteria for Accreditation. The Assurance Argument narrative is linked directly to supporting documents that serve as evidence that we meet the criteria. As part of the comprehensive evaluation, Lindenwood is also preparing a required Federal Compliance Report that addresses a number of key issues such as the University's processes for handling student complaints and its processes for verification of student identity.
A Mission-Based Evaluation
For 189 years, Lindenwood University has been committed to offering values-centered programs leading to the development of the whole person — an educated, responsible citizen of a global community. A crucial means of achieving this mission has been and will continue to be an honest and productive evaluation of criteria established by HLC, one of six regional accrediting bodies responsible for accrediting higher education institutions in the United States, and the one with the largest region (19 states).
A Collaborative Effort
Preparation for Lindenwood's comprehensive evaluation by HLC is a collaborative effort involving all segments of the campus community as well as the public at large. The effort is led by a Steering Committee aided by seven different Work Teams. Beyond the Assurance Argument and Federal Compliance Report, the HLC peer review team will also have available to it comments about Lindenwood University that the public will be invited to submit to HLC immediately prior to the on-site visit. And the team will also have comments from Lindenwood's current students obtained from a survey administered by HLC shortly before the on-site visit.