Redefining the Classroom

Accreditation FAQs

What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a way to insure that higher learning institutions are fulfilling their goals and serving their students and communities to the best of their abilities. Accreditation is voluntary, and it serves as assurance to students that they will get a quality education when they attend an accredited college or university. It also increases the potential of transferability of credits from one accredited institution to another. LSSU's last accreditation visit was in 2000 when the institution received a 10-year reaccreditation.

How does the reaccreditation occur?
The university will produce a "self-study," which is the accepted process for institutions seeking to earn and maintain accreditation. It is a self-evaluation that encompasses every aspect of the institution, including educational activities, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationships with outside constituencies. It is an opportunity for the university to identify areas where it needs improvement and to help implement change.

What is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)?
The HLC of theNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the accrediting agency for many schools and colleges in our region of the country. Its role is to ensure students are receiving a high-quality education and that the institution is operating within the boundaries of its stated mission.

Why should you care?
An undertaking such as this must involve everyone on campus – faculty, staff and students – as well as the off-campus community. The only way to ensure a factual and thorough evaluation of the university is to seek feedback from everyone involved with, benefiting from, or contributing to university programs and activities.

HLC Steering Committee

  • Gary Balfantz, Dean, College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences
  • Mary Been, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Sherry Brooks, Vice President of Finance
  • Allan Case, Assistant Director, Admissions
  • Paige Gordier, Dean/Professor, College of Professional Studies
  • Lorraine Gregory, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Beth Hronek, Assistant Professor, Public Services Librarian, HLC Website Coordinator
  • Kirk Mauldin, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Tony McLain, President
  • Cindy Merkel, Self Study Report Writer/Liason
  • Stephanie Sabatine, Director of Native American Center and Campus Diversity
  • Morrie Walworth, Chair, Provost
  • Brian Zinser, Assistant Professor, School of Business