With the March, 2016 unification, Purdue University Northwest transitioned from Calumet’s participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and North Central’s participation in Open Pathway to the Standard Pathway model of accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The Standard Pathway seeks to achieve the following goals:
- To enhance institutional value by focusing on quality assurance and institutional improvement
- To reduce the reporting burden on institutions by utilizing as much information and data as possible from existing institutional processes and collecting them in electronic form as they naturally occur over time
- To enhance rigor by checking institutional data annually (Institutional Update) and conducting Comprehensive Evaluations twice in the ten-year cycle
- To integrate as much as possible all HLC processes and HLC requests for data into the reaffirmation of accreditation cycle
The Standard Pathway, as in all HLC Pathway models, ensure that institutions are in compliance with the Five Criteria for Accreditation:
Criterion One. Mission
The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
Criterion Two. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
Criterion Three. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
Criterion Four. 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 Five. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
The institution’s resources, structures, and processes 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.