HLC Accreditation - Institutional Effectiveness
What is AQIP?
Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
Vincennes University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). VU’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the HLC in 2018 for ten years; VU’s next reaffirmation will occur in 2028-2029.
From 2004 through 2018, VU’s accreditation was affirmed via the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Pathway. Since 2018, VU’s has been accredited via the Standard Pathway.
As part of the Standard Pathway accreditation process, VU will participate in Comprehensive Evaluations in 2022-2023 and again as a lead-up to reaffirmation in 2028-2029.
The Comprehensive Evaluation includes a main campus, on-site visit and a Multi-Campus Evaluation at the Jasper Campus. In preparation for the visits, VU will submit an Assurance Argument and, for support, an Evidence File. The Assurance Argument is VU’s opportunity to describe its compliance with the HLC Criteria for Accreditation and provide evidence of how the institution has made improvements to Criteria processes. For the 2028-2029 Comprehensive Evaluation, VU will also submit a Federal Compliance Filing and work with the HLC to conduct a Student Opinion Survey.
The Criteria for Accreditation represent the HLC’s standards of quality; they are used by the HLC to affirm the quality of accredited institutions. Each Criterion is subdivided into Core Components and Subcomponents. The five main areas of Criteria focus are the following: