Online degrees now being offered starting Fall 2018
North Central was approved by Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for the reaccreditation of the university and cleared for two online programs, including a strategic leadership graduate program and an associate of arts in church leadership program as of Feb. 13, according to a North Central news release.
Every ten years a team from both HLC and the Department of Education (DOE) makes a campus visit to make sure that North Central is meeting the required criteria to stay accredited.
“In truth, it was the best response we could have hoped for,” Don Tucker, vice president of academic affairs, said.
The five criteria the HLC used to review North Central include, North Central’s mission, the integrity of its programs and faculty, the teaching qualifications of the faculty, the learning effectiveness of the students and the institutions planning and resource management. All five of these criteria were met, allowing the university to remain accredited and will allow North Central to offer online degrees starting in Fall 2018. North Central has only been able to offer select online courses up until now, according to Tucker.
The approval for full online classes was an effort that has been two years in the making, starting originally when North Central applied for it two years ago. The school has been making incremental steps in preparation and passing the HLC and DOE review with flying colors was the final requirement needed to get approval.
Dr. Tucker said that earning the exemplary review that North Central received was very much a large scale effort from all departments and groups across campus.
“There were a lot of people involved across campus; student life, financial services [and] academic services and support,” Tucker said. “Everyone did a wonderful job.”
The HLC stated they were impressed with how engaged and responsive the campus was. Between now and their next campus visit in the 10 years, there will be an intermediate check-in from the HLC in another four years.