Part of institutional excellence is sharing a strong commitment to rigorous and regular assessment. Toward this end, the university is preparing as a community of teachers and scholars for a visit by a team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA). The HLC visitors will be on Kettering's campus from February 24-26, 2014.
The HLC accreditation is one element of a continuous and ongoing process in which the university commits to self-examination and continuous improvement – just as the university teaches students to do in their careers. Accreditation is a “stamp of approval” that is offered in collaboration between the federal government and the NCA signifying that Kettering meets a set of national standards, which then permits students to transfer credits and, importantly, to receive federal financial aid.
HLC accreditation is indisputably a milestone in the life of Kettering's campus. But more importantly, the accreditation process is one that requires the university to systematically and as a whole to study itself, and then to report its findings to an outside agency that will independently evaluate the university. This scrutiny is a healthy and a critical component of Kettering's pursuit of institutional excellence.
Direct correspondence to the HLC Self-Study Team.