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Reaffirmation of Accreditation Visit

What is the April 2021 Visit?

WMU's next comprehensive review to reaffirm accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission will occur during the 2020-21 academic year. A campus visit by trained HLC peer reviewers will occur 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 will complete and submit 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 will be sent to students months before the visit; the survey is anonymous and will be reviewed by the peer reviewers before the visit.

During the visit:

A team of trained HLC peer reviewers from other institutions of higher education will complete 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 visit will be conducted remotely through web conferencing platforms.  During the remote visit, peer reviewers meet with an institution’s leadership and hold 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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