Higher Learning Committee reviews FSU

The Higher Learning Commission is currently visiting Ferris State University’s campus for a reaccreditation peer review.

Beginning April 18, the accreditation review determines the validity of Ferris’ degrees, student transferring credits and financial aid eligibility.

The HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

In the fall of 2007, a HLC Steering Committee was appointed to strengthen the university’s efforts of continuing accreditation. Co-chaired by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Mike Cairns and College of Arts and Sciences faculty member Christine Vonder Haar, the committee prepares FSU for HLC review.

Vonder Haar said the university wants to give Ferris students the education they deserve. She said scheduled visits by the HLC ensure Ferris is continuing to provide quality degrees.

“We want to give the students everything they deserve. It’s good they stay on it, because then nothing slips through the cracks,” said Vonder Haar. “They are looking at all of us.”

The HLC peer review will continue through April 20. Criteria for the HLC include discovery, mission and integrity, application of learning, service and engagement, effective teaching and learning, acquisition and planning for the future. Currently, more than 1,000 institutions are affiliated with the commission.