Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Accreditation forum open to U-M community

As the university prepares for re-accreditation, Provost Teresa Sullivan invites members of the campus community to a Provost’s Forum on Accreditation: Examining Key Topics and Opportunities.

The forum will feature reports from the accreditation working groups on: the learning environment, the knowledge environment, the role of service and engagement, and internationalization — the university's special emphasis study for re-accreditation.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon May 7 in the Great Lakes Room, 4th Floor, Palmer Commons.

To register for this event, go to
U-M currently is examining the question of what it is to be an international university as it seeks re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Planning, information collecting, data analysis and campus discussions precede a written report that will be completed toward the end of 2009. An HLC evaluation team will visit campus late in March 2010.

Universities voluntarily seek accreditation to demonstrate to the public, particularly prospective students, their commitments to quality assurance and improvement. U-M has been an accredited institution since 1913.

The U-M process is led by Ben van der Pluijm, senior counselor to the provost for university accreditation.