Preparing for the March 2020 HLC Visit


Thanks for visiting this page! As you know, Northwestern Health Sciences University is hosting a Higher Learning Commission site visit for our 10 year comprehensive evaluation. This visit will secure our reaffirmation of accreditation and further strengthen our ability to serve you and grow in the future. Whether you’re actively participating in the site visit or you’re just interested in what’s going on, we appreciate your curiosity and desire to learn more. Check out the resources below and come back to see updates.

If you have any questions about these resources or the visit, please contact Kim Pearce, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at or Pat Casello Maddox, Accreditation Liaison Officer, at

Site Visit Logistics
March 9-10, 2020 on campus.
Site Visit Schedule
Six Site Visitors who work in leadership roles at other universities will work with us.

Key Documents
Assurance Argument, NWHSU’s self study
HLC Student Opinion Survey Results February 2020

Criterion Summaries

Helpful University Documents
NWHSU Mission, Vision, Values, Promises
NWHSU Brand Standards
NWHSU participates in the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy. The assessment work done in that academy focuses on students’ communication competencies and serves as our Quality Initiative, a requirement of our accreditation pathway. Check out the poster that describes the project, some additional information, and the results of the pilot project.

Questions you might get asked
Faculty-All Programs
Faculty-Allied health programs-coming soon!
Students-Allied health programs-coming soon!

Key Messages
Research And Scholarship
Teaching and learning-coming soon!
Alumni outcomes-coming soon!
University Learning Outcomes

Helpful HLC resources
What is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)?
What are the Criteria for Accreditation?
What’s included in a Comprehensive Evaluation?
What’s NWHSU’s current accreditation status?

Previous Communications (selected)
Assurance Argument Acknowledgement Letter To Campus February 21, 2020
Faculty Conference January 22, 2020
President’s Newsletter January 27, 2020