UW-Platteville earns reaffirmation of accreditation from HLC

March 8, 2017
Spring campus

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville received official notification that its accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission. This follows the submission of a comprehensive quality assurance report and a campus visit by a team of HLC peer reviewers last fall.

“We are extremely pleased to have our accreditation reaffirmed by the HLC,” said UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “This process presented a valuable opportunity for introspection to ensure that we are continuously evaluating and improving our programs and services in order to provide the best student experience. This was a collaborative effort that involved many people across campus, and I thank all of those who played a role in this process, including the steering committee, the individual criterion teams, the federal compliance team and everyone who supported the visit and engaged in the open forums.”

Accreditation is a voluntary process of external review that evaluates programs, colleges and universities to ensure they are providing high-quality education and services and continuously seek to improve. The process provides assurance to the public that UW-Platteville meets, and will continue to meet, all criteria and regulations, and it is also a requirement in order for faculty and students to be eligible for federal grants and other funding.

“I am absolutely thrilled at this endorsement of the quality of UW Platteville’s programs, faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Elizabeth Throop, UW-Platteville acting provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Many individuals put in long, hard hours over the last several years in order to demonstrate what we all already know: that UW-Platteville is the place to go for hands-on, rigorous education threaded through with meaningful high-impact practices and strong, powerful co-curricular experiences. Special thanks are due to Sharon Klavins, James Romesburg and Dominic Barraclough for providing significant leadership as UW-Platteville went through this process.”

The five criteria the HLC uses to determine whether an institution will receive accreditation include 1) mission; 2) ethical and responsible conduct; 3) quality of resources and support for teaching and learning; 4) evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning; and 5) resources, planning and institutional effectiveness.

"Preparing our quality assurance argument and federal compliance documentation was a comprehensive, labor-intensive process that provided great value to UW-Platteville in identifying where we excel and where we can continue to improve," said Dr. Sharon Klavins, professor of biology and chair of the re-accreditation steering committee.

The comprehensive on-site evaluations occur on a 10-year cycle. UW-Platteville has been continuously accredited since 1951. For more information, visit uwplatt.edu/hlc.

Written by: Alison Parkins, Communications, 608-342-1194, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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