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Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit

What is the April 2021 Visit?

WMU's comprehensive review to reaffirm accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission occurred during the 2020-21 academic year. A campus visit by trained HLC peer reviewers occurred April 12-13, 2021.


Western Michigan University is an Open Pathway institution. In this pathway, institutions undergo a comprehensive evaluation every 10 years, which includes a campus visit.


  • April 12-13 2021

What to expect

Before the visit:

Western Michigan University completed and submitted a Federal Compliance Form and an Assurance Argument which shows how the University meets the Criteria for Accreditation and Federal Compliance Requirements. A Student Opinion Survey was sent to students months before the visit; the survey is anonymous and reviewed by the peer reviewers before the visit.

During the visit:

A team of trained HLC peer reviewers from other institutions of higher education completed a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that the University is engaged in continuous improvement, meets the Criteria for Accreditation, and is in compliance with federal requirements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WMU’s was conducted remotely through web conferencing platforms.  During the remote visit, peer reviewers met with an institution’s leadership and held open forums with faculty, staff and students.

After the visit:

The HLC peer review team will submit a report to the University 4 to 6 weeks after the campus visit. WMU will have the ability to review the report for errors of fact and submit a response to the report. The HLC peer review team will provide a recommendation for review by the Institutions Actions Council.



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