The Higher Learning Commission is a team of individuals whose goal is to ensure the quality and academic integrity of an institution. Their visit to Central Baptist College, March 4 and 5, is routine.
“The Higher Learning Commission is one of six crediting bodies…each
This stresses the importance of how the HLC evaluates and grades CBC. CBC will then be given a lengthy report of all the good and bad the HLC has found during their visit.
“If a person graduates from a school before it loses its accreditation then nothing happens to the value of their degree,” said McAllister.
McAllister said a school is given
The HLC evaluates institutions based on five 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
The HLC may seem intimidating, but their job is to help colleges progress. McAllister said that students can be a part of an open feedback session on Tuesday that is held in the Watkins Academic Building without any of the administrators taking part.
CBC student services sent out an email informing students that the open feedback session was March 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in room 210 of the Watkins. After this, the HLC will be holding a Criterion One meeting in the Toland Worship Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. All students are welcome to attend and participate.
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