Accreditors Visit Campus for Proposed Graduate Program Changes
Two Higher Learning Commission (HLC) peer evaluators were on campus Monday, August 26, to evaluate proposed changes and an addition to Grand View’s graduate program offerings.
Currently, Grand View offers a Master of Science in Innovative Leadership degree with three different tracks: Organizational Leadership, Nursing and Education. Grand View made formal application to the HLC to reorganize the program from one degree with three tracks to three, stand-alone masters degree programs. Two of the new, stand-alone programs – the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and the Master of Education – were approved through the HLC panel review process and did not require a site visit for further evaluation. The Master of Science in Nursing was evaluated during Monday’s site visit. Additionally, a new graduate program offering also was evaluated during the HLC site visit. Grand View has applied for accreditation of a new Master of Science in Sports Management. The reviewers were generally affirming in their concluding remarks to the administration, but the approval process involves several more steps. The HLC is expected to release their findings on the nursing and sports management programs in December.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. Grand View is accredited by the HLC and will be evaluated for institutional re-accreditation in 2015.