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

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.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.