Comprehensive Evaluation

HLC conducts comprehensive evaluations of member institutions to confirm that the institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation, is pursuing institutional improvement and complies with requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. Evaluations are conducted by teams of peer reviewers from HLC. Comprehensive evaluations consist of the following components:

  • An Assurance and Improvement Review: HLC Peer Reviewers determine whether the institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation by analyzing the institution’s Assurance Argument and Evidence File. This review is evidence-based: “The responsibility for assuring the quality of an institution rests first with the institution itself. Institutional accreditation assesses the capacity of an institution to assure its own quality and expects it to produce evidence that it does so.”
  • A review of Federal Compliance
  • An On-site Visit in which the HLC Visiting Team validates the claims and evidence presented in the Institution’s Assurance Argument.  

Rockhurst hosted the Higher Learning Commission's visiting team on campus November 14-15, 2016 for its Year-Four Assurance Review and Comprehensive Evaluation. The final results of that evaluation were received on March 2, 2017 in a letter from HLC’s Institutional Actions Council officially accepting the HLC Visiting Team’s report for Rockhurst University. The team’s report found that Rockhurst University had successfully met all 21 Core Components of the HLC Criteria for Accreditation, with no concerns and no interim monitoring required.