Notre Dame College Reaffirmation of Accreditation Continues with Student Survey

Notre Dame College students will help set the agenda for the institution’s upcoming accreditation site visit.

Students are invited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the College’s regional accrediting agency, to participate in an online survey, results of which inform the questions accreditation peer review teams will plan to ask while they are on campus. The College will host a visit with the accreditation peer review site visit team April 10-11.

The anonymous, student-only survey opens February 6 and continues through February 15. Students receive the link via email.

According to the commission, the survey provides all Notre Dame students, not just those who happen to be on campus the days of the visit, the opportunity to provide input on questions important to them. The results are intended to help the peer review team identify possible questions for its meetings on campus with faculty, staff and students.

Accreditation, as a recognition of quality, ensures that Notre Dame students can receive federal financial aid, transfer credits to other institutions and gain admittance to graduate school.

The commission will make available aggregate survey data and direct responses provided by students to the team and the institution prior to the visit. According to the commission, the survey and its results are to provide students with an opportunity to participate in the accreditation process and inform the peer review team. HLC will not use the results for ranking or comparison of institutions and will not publish them.

Notre Dame, which has been accredited since 1931, voluntarily seeks institutional accreditation from the commission. The College last underwent a comprehensive self-study and site visit during the 2006-2007 academic year.

In the HLC’s new model for continued accreditation, called Pathways, Notre Dame is participating in the Open Pathway, consisting of a Quality Initiative Project, Federal Compliance Report, and Assurance Review.

The College’s Quality Initiative Project focuses on persistence and completion. Notre Dame is part of a collaborative to increase institutional capacity to improve student completion and unify procedures to collect data and maintain records of retention efforts and outcomes.

In the Assurance Review, the College provides evidence assuring its meeting of the five HLC criteria for accreditation: Mission; Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support; Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.

The public is invited to submit comments that address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. The comments must be in writing and sent to the following address:

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

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at All comments must be received by March 10.


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.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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