Parkland seeks input for accreditation

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College is asking for public input as it prepares for a periodic evaluation by its accrediting agency.

A team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will visit Parkland on Oct. 1-3 for a comprehensive evaluation. Parkland College has been accredited by the commission since 1972.

The team will review Parkland's ongoing ability to meet the commission's Criteria for Accreditation and General Institutional Requirements.

A copy of the college's self-study can be found in the Parkland Library and online at http://www.parkland.edu/2012selfstudy as of August 1.

Comments are due Sept. 1 and must address substantive issues related to the quality of Parkland College or its academic programs.

Comments must be submitted in writing and must be signed; they cannot be treated as confidential, according to Parkland.

The public is invited to mail comments to: Public Comment on Parkland College, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411.

To submit comments electronically, visit the following website:

http://www.ncahlc.org/Information-for-the-Public/third-party-comment.html

U.S. colleges and universities voluntarily seek accreditation from nongovernmental bodies, which is typically provided by regional and national associations. North Central's Higher Learning Commission accredits more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states covering the Midwest and other areas, from Arkansas to West Virginia to Wyoming.

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