Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Related Entities

Number: INST.B.10.030

The Commission will review and hold only the accredited or candidate institution responsible for fulfilling the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. However, where some aspects of institutional decision-making are controlled by a non-accredited related entity including a corporate parent, system administration or board, religious sponsor, funding sponsor (which, in some cases, may include an equity or investment fund), or other entity, the institution shall be responsible to the Commission for presenting, explaining, and evaluating all significant situations involving such related entities that may affect its compliance with accreditation requirements. The Commission will consider that an entity that has 50 percent or more ownership interest in the accredited entity or has 50 percent or more voting interest in the accredited entity’s board constitutes a related entity.

The institution shall exercise this reporting obligation following Commission instructions at the time it initiates the Eligibility Process, applies for candidacy or initial accreditation, or files a self-study or other document prior to reaffirmation of accreditation. The institution will also exercise this reporting obligation when it informs the Commission, through the Commission’s change process, of any change in ownership or other changes as outlined in Commission policy on Institutional Change: INST.F.20.040.

The Commission may, at any time, request information about a situation that the institution may not have disclosed.

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Policy History

Last Revised:
First Adopted: November 2007
Revision History:
Notes: Former policy number 3.7

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter B: Requirements for Achieving and Maintaining Affiliation

Part 10: General


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