Save the date: Accreditation site visit next spring

March 26, 2018
Photo: Aerial view of campus with Bascom Hall in the center

A positive outcome from the Higher Learning Commission site visit is of utmost importance to the university. UW–Madison has been continuously accredited since 1913. Photo: Jeff Miller

In less than a year, a team of peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission will visit UW–Madison as part of a comprehensive accreditation evaluation that occurs every 10 years.

The site visit, set for March 25-26, 2019, will be the culmination of a multi-year, cross-campus effort to affirm that the university is delivering high-quality education and meets the criteria for accreditation. A positive outcome is of utmost importance to the future of the institution. UW–Madison has been continuously accredited since 1913.

During the two-day visit, the review team will meet with and interview campus leaders and members of the academic community involved in key initiatives. The schedule for the event is set by the review team a few weeks before the visit and it will be important for faculty and staff to be available to answer questions.

“On a campus this big we want to get the word out to avoid a major scheduling conflict,” says Jocelyn Milner, vice provost for academic affairs and leader of the accreditation project. “It will be important that the visiting reviewers have access to the people and information they need to complete their work.”

Campus leaders are holding the dates of the site visit open, and others on campus may be asked to participate on an as-needed basis to answer questions at the team’s request. Additionally, there usually is an opportunity for members of the broader campus community to meet with the review team.

“Many of you already have been part of the accreditation effort, and we thank you for your hard work,” Milner says. “As the site visit nears, we ask everyone’s diligence to help ensure a successful outcome.”

For more information and updates, see the accreditation project website.