University Earns Great 'Report Card'


05/04/2018

SAU awarded Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approval

Ten years of self-reflection, strategic assessment and forward planning earned significant praise for St. Ambrose when a peer review of the university's programs, processes and plans won the unequivocal approval of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) earlier this year.

Based on the work, documentation and strategic goals outlined by staff, faculty and students, the commission issued a final-and enthusiastic-report granting full accreditation for the next 10 years.

"Every single criterion and core component was met and this does not often happen," said Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, president of the university and a member of the HLC peer review group. "I was thrilled. This is a report card for us and it documents for the public that we are doing what we say we do."

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The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

"This was outstanding work by the entire campus," Sister Joan said of the three-year process for earning accreditation. "I'd like to especially thank Tracy Schuster-Matlock, PhD, our dean of university academic programs and director of strategic planning, for her dedicated leadership on this important initiative. All Ambrosians can be proud of this milestone."


Every single criterion and core component was met and this does not often happen.

Sister Joan


The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes the following 19 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

"This was outstanding work by the entire campus," Sister Joan said of the three-year process for earning accreditation. "I'd like to especially thank Tracy Schuster-Matlock, PhD, our dean of university academic programs and director of strategic planning, for her dedicated leadership on this important initiative. All Ambrosians can be proud of this milestone."

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