HLC Accreditation Process

The North Central Association (NCA) is an organization of colleges and universities from nineteen states, including Michigan. Kettering University is a member of the North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a division of the North Central Association, and it accredits (at an institutional level) the colleges and universities in the North Central Association. Kettering University first earned accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 1962.  

Accreditation occurs on a periodic basis by the Higher Learning Commission. There are two major components to the reaccreditation process.

  • A self-study (submitted by December 31, 2013)
  • A campus visit by a team of HLC evaluators (February 24-26, 2014)
In addition, the Higher Learning Commission requires a period for public comments that are considered by the commission during the evaluation process.


Kettering University began work on a self-study in February 2012 for the upcoming February 2014 visit. The self-study report represents all aspects of the campus as accreditation is at the university level. The self-study which documents the university's strengths and challenges focuses on five criteria.
  • Mission
  • Integrity, Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
  • Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

Assumed Practices

The HLC considers its assumed practices as foundational to the criteria and their core components. While institutions fulfill the criteria in various and multiple ways, the Assumed Practices do not vary between institutions. 

Campus Visit

Preparations for the visit have begun. During this visit,  the evaluators (all of whom are affiliated with an accredited college or university) will focus on the following.

  • Interview students, faculty, and staff
  • Read and review documents and data 
  • Tour the campus

The purpose of the visit is to validate the evidence and examples contained in the written self-study report and to make recommendations to HLC concerning continued accreditation. 

The results of the accreditation process will be provided in a final report issued by the Higher Learning Commission 4-6 months after the February 2014 campus visit.

If you have any questions about the accreditation process, please contact Betsy Homsher, Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students, bhomsher@kettering.edu.