Notice of Site Visit by Accrediting Agency  

Benedictine University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University will host a site visit November 7-9, 2016, with a team representing the HLC. Benedictine University has been accredited by the HLC since 1958. The team will review the University’s ongoing ability to meet the HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. 

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address: 
Public Comments on Benedictine University 
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 Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the University or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. 

All comments must be received by October 7, 2016.


Accreditation and Memberships

Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; the Illinois State Board of Education, Teacher Certification Section; the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Benedictine University is approved by the American Chemical Society to award ACS certified B.S. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry.

The undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and graduate Dietetic Internship program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040).

The University is a member of the following organizations:

  • the American Council on Education
  • the Council for Independent Colleges
  • the Association of Governing Boards
  • the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • the National Catholic Education Association
  • the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • the College Entrance Examination Board
  • the National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • the East-West Corporate Corridor Association
  • the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • the Associated Colleges of Illinois
  • the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area
  • the Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education
  • the Corporate Partnership for Excellence in Education
  • the National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • the Illinois Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • the National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • the National League for Nursing, the Institute of International Education, Inc.
  • the American Council on Education's Internationalization Collaborative
  • the National Association of International Educators
  • the Institute of International Education
  • the Forum on Education Abroad

The accreditations, approvals and certifications of the University are based upon the University's status at the time of this update. Accreditations, approvals and certifications are subject to review and modification from time to time.

Consortium - Expanded opportunities

Benedictine University is one of the institutions constituting the West Suburban Regional Academic Consortium. The University cooperates with nearby Aurora University and North Central College by providing the opportunity for students to enroll in courses at the other colleges and receive credit at the home institution.

Non-discrimination policy

Read our non-discrimination policy.

Title IX

Benedictine University, in accordance with local, state and federal law, is committed to providing equal educational opportunities and benefits to all students without regard to gender. Such opportunities and benefits include, but are not limited to, the following: student admissions, student employment, student financial assistance, student services, student activities, student housing, student academic standing and student conduct. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Associate Vice President of Student Life or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington D.C.

Services for students with disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by mandating provision of reasonable accommodations to make programs and activities accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Through the Student Success Center, Benedictine University provides support services to help ensure equal opportunity for students with special needs. Although the Student Success Center is able to respond to most requests, there are natural and legal limitations to what services can be provided. It is the University's goal to assist students in developing their potential in light of what is feasible and reasonable under the law. For more information about these services, please contact the Student Success Center.

Upcoming Events

Button Making
Main Campus in Lisle
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Event Details

Button Making

Date: October 26

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Kindlon Atrium (1st Floor)

Event Sponsor: Benedictine University Library

Contact: Sarah Kurpiel    (630) 829-6590

Event Description:

To celebrate Open Access Week, drop by the Kindlon Atrium on the Lisle campus on Wednesday, October 26 to make your own button using a Public Domain image or a custom design.

American Archives Month Open House
Main Campus in Lisle
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Event Details

American Archives Month Open House

Date: October 27

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Kindlon Hall Fifth Floor

Event Sponsor: Benedictine University Library

Contact: Katy Scullin    (630) 829-6064

Event Description: In celebration of American Archives Month, join us Thursday, October 27 between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Kindlon Fifth Floor for a reception featuring:

  • Rare books from our Special Collections
  • Historic campus publications

Light refreshments will be provided. This event is open to the public.

Springfield Undergraduate Programs
Springfield Branch Campus
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Event Details

Springfield Undergraduate Programs

Date: October 27

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Campus: Region - Central Illinois

Location: Brinkerhoff Home

COEHS Community Symposium - Mental Health and Well-being
Main Campus in Lisle
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Details

COEHS Community Symposium - Mental Health and Well-being

Date: October 27

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin 411

Event Sponsor: COEHS

Contact: Dr. Sunil Chand    (630) 829-1930

Event Description:

Fall 2016 Community Symposium: Risk and Resilience in Adolescence 
A community forum presented by 
Benedictine University's College of Education and Health Services 

Thursday, October 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Goodwin Hall, Room 411 
The event is free and open to the public

Benedictine University is privileged to welcome Dawn Bounds, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at the Rush University College of Nursing, as the speaker for the Fall 2016 Community Symposium.  

Dr. Bounds will discuss adolescent behaviors related to threats and disorders, challenges, trauma and its effect on the brain, and promoting resilience. 

Her research interests include commercial sexual exploitation, the psycho-neuro-immunological impact of complex trauma and the link between trauma and juvenile justice. 

Dr. Bounds is also a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, author and co-project director of the Dedicated African-American Dad Study, and has presented widely on topics of mental health, equity and commercial sexual exploitation. 

 For more information, contact Sunil Chand at or (630) 829-1930.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Public Lecture Series: "The Inconsolable Voter"
Main Campus in Lisle
7:00 PM
Event Details

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Public Lecture Series: "The Inconsolable Voter"

Date: October 27

Time: 7:00 PM

Campus: Lisle

Location: Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Event Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts

Contact: Ms. Lisa Brand    (630) 829-6247

Event Description:

“The Inconsolable Voter”
How do our constitutional freedoms and the state of our public discourse have an impact on our expectations of and participation in civic life?

Free and open to the public.

Benedictine's 2016 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Dr. Anita Perez Ferguson, served as the Director of the Hank Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies at California State University Channel Islands. Her doctoral research focus was the diversity and network profiles of Hispanics serving as Fortune 500 directors.

She is a former President of the National Women's Political Caucus, White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Chair of the Inter-American Foundation. In conjunction with several international organizations, Perez Ferguson has trained women in leadership and political skills in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

From 1996 to 1999, she was a weekly contributor to WAMC National Public Radio in New York. Her books include Women Seen and Heard and A Passion for Politics. She recently won special recognition from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Hispanic Business Magazine named her to its list of "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States."

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions.

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