Notre Dame College Invites Third-party Comments in Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Notre Dame College is seeking comments from the public in preparation for a periodic evaluation by its regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The College, which has been accredited since 1931, will host an HLC peer review site visit team April 10-11, 2017. The team will review Notre Dame’s ongoing ability to meet the HLC criteria for accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments that must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. All information must be received by March 10, 2017.

In addition, Notre Dame’s five criterion committees continue to meet, collect and review data in support of the College attaining standards for accreditation. This information will contribute to the accreditation Assurance Review, a formal document expected to be presented to the Notre Dame community in winter 2016. 

In the HLC’s new model for continued accreditation, called Pathways, Notre Dame is participating in the Open Pathway component, which consists of a Quality Initiative Project as well as an Assurance Review. The College’s Quality Initiative Project is focusing on persistence and completion.

Comments from the public regarding reaffirmation of accreditation must be in writing and sent via U.S. mail to the following address or entered online at the HLC webpage included below:

Public Comments on Notre Dame College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The College also has updated the membership of its Accreditation Steering Committee and some criterion workgroups.

Details on the entire process are available on the Notre Dame website at


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.


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