Notre Dame last underwent a comprehensive self-study and site visit during the 2006-2007 academic year. For reaffirmation in 2016-2017 the College has created an Accreditation Steering Committee to oversee aspects of its continued accreditation evaluation plan and reaffirmation proposed timeline.
In the Higher Learning Commission’s new model for continued accreditation, called Pathways, Notre Dame is participating in the Open Pathway component.
The Open Pathway consists of a Quality Initiative Project and Assurance Review.
Quality Initiative Project
Notre Dame’s Quality Initiative Project is focusing on persistence and completion. The College 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.
A Persistence and Completion Committee is working on the Quality Initiative Project.
For the Assurance Review, Notre Dame will chart its progress in terms of the five Higher Learning Commission criteria for accreditation. The College has created criterion workgroups to guide each area of review:
- Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
- Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
- Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
- Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
Notre Dame’s five criterion committees meet, collect and review data in support of the College attaining standards for accreditation. This information will contribute to the Assurance Review, a formal document expected to be presented to the Notre Dame community in winter 2016.
The reaffirmation site visit was conducted on April 10-11, 2017. On those days, a Higher Learning Commission peer review site visit team was on campus reviewing Notre Dame’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s criteria for accreditation.