Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Institutional Conformity With Commission Requirements

Number: INST.A.10.030

When the Commission discovers that an accredited or candidate institution is not following an Assumed Practice, the Commission initiates a review, in accordance with its policy and procedure, to determine whether the institution remains in compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation. If the institution is found to be not meeting the Criteria, including any Core Component, the Commission may proceed to act under any applicable policy including Reconsideration. (See Commission Policy INST.B.30.050 Commission Right to Reconsider Affiliation.)

The Commission also requires that the institution take action to bring its practice into conformity with the Assumed Practices. An accredited institution that finds through its own processes that its practice is departing from the Assumed Practices should take immediate steps to correct the deficiency; it is not required to disclose its finding to the Commission provided that it moves quickly to initiate a remedy.

The Commission may also re-examine, as specified in Commission policies, any candidate or accredited institutions’ ability to meet Eligibility Requirements.


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Policy History

Last Revised: June 2011
First Adopted: February 2003
Revision History: June 2006, June 2011
Notes: Formerly policy number 1.1(c)1, 2013 – 1.1(d), 1.1(f). The Revised Criteria for Accreditation, Assumed Practices, and other new and revised related policies adopted February 2012 are effective for all accredited institutions on January 1, 2013.

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter A: Implementation of HLC Criteria and Requirements

Part 10: General

Related Procedures


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