Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Staff Authority for Minor Changes Related to an Institution’s Relationship With the Commission

Number: COMM.B.10.020

Commission staff may act to change an institution’s Statement of Affiliation Status or recommend directly to the Institutional Actions Council that a change in the Statement of Affiliation Status be approved.

Staff may act to approve the following changes: editing of the Statement of Affiliation with non-substantive amendments; changing the date of upcoming evaluations or filing of reports by no more than one year and not to exceed the maximum timeframe for evaluation visits provided in Commission policy; approving progress and monitoring reports or requiring follow-up reports on the same or related topics; and removing an institution from expedited desk review or notification for approval of additional locations.

Staff may recommend to the Institutional Actions Council for review and action the following: substantive amendments to the Statement of Affiliation Status including modifications to the Stipulations section; changing the date of upcoming evaluations or filing of reports by more than one year or beyond the maximum ten years required for a comprehensive evaluation; and new requirements for monitoring.

In addition, the President of the Commission may act to terminate, postpone or cancel a visit in extraordinary circumstances. The President may approve the presence of observers on an evaluation team or other Commission activity. The President may schedule Special Monitoring for an institution or make a recommendation to the Board for sanction or withdrawal of accreditation or to the Institutional Actions Council for monitoring following Commission policies for these actions.


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Related Policies

Non-Substantive Changes in the Accreditation Relationship Between an Institution and the Commission

Sanctions, Adverse Actions, and Appeals

Policy History

Last Revised: November 2012
First Adopted: June 2011
Revision History: November 2012
Notes: Former policy number 2.2(h)

Policy Number Key

Section COMM: Commission Policies

Chapter B: Commission Staff

Part 10: General


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