Gow calls HLC review ‘extremely positive’
Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers have recommended UW-La Crosse for reaccreditation. The reviewers from across the Midwest visited campus April 11-12 to ensure UWL is meeting standards for ongoing operations. The comprehensive review by peer reviewers occurs every 10 years. The next on-site visit is scheduled for the 2025-26 school year.
“Our review was extremely positive and the reviewers spoke highly of the quality of the overall educational experience provided by our university,” wrote UWL Chancellor Joe Gow in a campus email on Tuesday, June 14.
Gow’s email also explained the peer reviewers’ request for two monitoring reports as part of the reaccreditation process.
- Institutional Records of Student Complaints – UWL must develop a single, clear institutional policy for student complaints, along with a tracking mechanism for those complaints. The policy and tracking mechanism must be in place and reported to HLC by December 2016.
- Strategic Planning – UWL must complete the strategic planning process it began in the 2015-16 school year, and file the completed report and supporting materials with HLC in December 2018.
In addition to the monitoring reports, the peer reviewers provided several recommendations for improvement to campus operations. The Provost’s Office will coordinate with appropriate governance groups and offices on the action steps needed to implement these recommendations, wrote Gow.
The report and a summary of findings is available on the UWL HLC website.
Gow thanked those on campus who assisted with or participated in the process; in particular, HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer Natalie Solverson.
“The reviewers remarked on multiple occasions about the high level of engagement and commitment to students they found here,” wrote Gow. “We can be very proud of our university!”