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Comments sought on Rockford College reaccreditation

Thursday, November 20, 2008  
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Rockford College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Feb. 23-25, 2009, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Rockford College has been accredited by the commission since 1913.

For the past two years, Rockford College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation.  The evaluation team will visit the college to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate.  The team will then recommend to the commission a continuing status for the college; following a review process, the commission itself will take final action. 

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college c/o:

Public Comment on Rockford College
The Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400
Chicago, IL  60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.  Written, signed comments must be received by Jan. 19, 2009, and should include the name, address, and phone number of the person providing the comments.  Such comments will not be treated as confidential.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the U.S. that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis.  Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Specific programs are accredited by other accrediting groups. 

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Rockford College is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering more than 70 majors, minors and concentrations in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Arts in Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as the Return-to-College accelerated program for a B.S. in Management Studies and the Alternative Teaching Certificate. The college also has an active community education program that includes the Music Academy of Rockford College, English as a Second Language program, the Rockford College Learning Center, and the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Rockford College is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois. PBK is a national scholastic honor society which was started at Rockford College in 1953. The college is committed to the vision to be Jane Addams’ college in the 21st century, honoring the legacy of its most famous alumna and her belief that learning and service are inextricably linked. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” Rockford College currently serves about 1,200 full-and part-time students.

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