During each ten-year cycle, U-M must speak to the criteria for accreditation set out by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which are the standards of quality by which the Commission determines whether an institution merits accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation.

Criterion 1.  Mission

  • The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Criterion 2.  Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

  • The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Criterion 3.  Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

  • The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criterion 4.  Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

  • The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criterion 5.  Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning

  • The institution’s resources, structures, processes, and plannings are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.