Stritch’s quality affirmed by recent reaccreditations

Thursday, August 7, 2014 8:50:00 PM

The Higher Learning Commission and several other distinguished accrediting bodies offered high marks to the academic quality of Cardinal Stritch University in several recent evaluations. 

Stritch has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has been a member since 1953. In April, HLC was tasked with reviewing the University within the framework of five core criteria. In its final report, HLC determined that the university met all five core criteria. As a result, the University has received an extension of full reaccreditation, with the next full reaccreditation visit slated for 2023-2024.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in this region. Accreditation signifies that a college or university is certified as meeting all formal and/or official requirements in the areas of academic excellence.

HLC affirmed the high quality of Stritch’s academic programs, calling them “appropriately rigorous” and reflecting mission-centered goals. They also took note of the University’s work to proactively reengineer the institution to meet the realities of the ever-changing higher educational environment. In their report, they wrote, “The University meets the criteria for accreditation and is positioning itself in a reasonable way to meet the challenges of the next decade.” 

“Reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff and the outstanding ways they serve our students,” said Stritch President Dr. James Loftus. “This recent evaluation serves to highlight the best elements of a Stritch education-- a high-quality, rigorous academic program amongst a caring community who continually strive to put students first.”

In addition to the evaluation by HLC, three colleges within the University also received specialized accreditation from other specialized accrediting bodies. 

First, the College of Business and Management had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the leading specialized accreditation association for business education that supports, celebrates, and rewards teaching excellence. The effort reinforces a college commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and scholarship. It also meshes with the college’s mission to help students gain critical skills and training to balance people, planet, and profit in service to a greater good.

In addition, the College of Education and Leadership has received reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE accreditation provides an assurance that the University’s teacher and administrator preparation program has met national and state standards set for the teaching field and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers and representatives of the public. The NCATE accreditation covers all educator preparation programs for the purpose of preparing and developing professional educators for work in P-12 school settings. 

Lastly, the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing has received reaccreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, an autonomous national accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The commission positively evaluated the College of Nursing on five main standards: mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, resources, curriculum and teaching, and  aggregate student and faculty outcomes. 

“These specialized accreditations demonstrate the University’s commitment to the highest levels of accountability,” said Dr. Anthea Bojar, dean emerita of the College of Education and Leadership and co-chair of the HLC accreditation team. “These accrediting bodies set the standards for quality programs, and Stritch has always deemed it important to seek out these kinds of evaluations to affirm the high quality education at the University.”