2008
Benedictine soliciting public comments prior to visit from accreditation group

Benedictine soliciting public comments prior to visit from accreditation group
October 30, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for a Quality Checkup visit from its regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Benedictine has been accredited by the Commission since 1958. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States which provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Benedictine University is participating in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) approach to on-going accreditation. As a component of that approach, an evaluation team will conduct a Quality Checkup visit to the campus from February 18-20, 2009. Following a review process, the Commission will forward its recommendation concerning the institution’s ongoing accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to: Public Comment on Benedictine University The Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602 Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments must be in writing and signed, and cannot be treated as confidential. Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate “Policy on Complaints” document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third-party comment. All comments must be received by January 15, 2009.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.