Adjustments to the Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices are considered by the Board annually, usually with first reading in February and second reading in June. These adjustments are based on comments received from institutions and peer reviewers when they find that certain Core Components and Assumed Practices require clarification or are subject to misinterpretation.
The proposed changes were circulated to the membership and other interested parties this spring. HLC received approximately 35 comments regarding the proposed changes to the Assumed Practices related to faculty qualifications. Most comments were supportive of the proposed revisions, but some raised concerns regarding the implementation timeline. HLC adjusted the implementation timeline to address these concerns. The Board considered the comments, including a proposal to grandfather existing faculty, in determining the final wording of the policy and the implementation schedule.
Higher Learning Commission, "HLC Assumed Practices Policy Changes Adopted on Second Reading June 2015" (2015). Employee-Related. 11.