The Voice: Summer 2001

The Voice

Dordt College seeks comments for North Central accreditation visit

    From October 29-31, 2001, Dordt College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Dordt College has been accredited by the Commission since 1969. Its accreditation is at the associate and bachelor's level with a master's level accreditation in education.
    The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation. For institutional accreditation, the Commission evaluates the entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies accredit specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary, but the Commission accredits approximately 950 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the United States Department of Education.
    For the past two years, Dordt has been preparing for the visit by conducting an extensive self-study and report for the evaluation team. The team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate and will then make a recommendation on status to the Commission. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take final action.
    The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

        Public Comment on Dordt College
        Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
        North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
        30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 2400
        Chicago, Illinois 60602

    North Central requires that comments address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by September 28, 2001. The Commisssion cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

    Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance
with the college should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions. Complaints will not be considered Third Party Comment.

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