The North Dakota University System has officially met all requirements set forth by its accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, following an inquiry started in July 2013.
The announcement letter was sent to the system's 11 public colleges and universities last week. The accrediting organization noted that the system of institutions had "substantially met its commitment to address concerns associated with Criterion Five, Core Component 5.D." That particular component relates to institutions working systemically to improve their performance. Representatives from the HLC conducted a formal review of the NDUS, the State Board of Higher Education and its policies earlier this year before moving into a review phase that resulted in the formal notification sent Aug. 15. In September 2014, HLC had notified NDUS that it had met all the requirements of the other Criteria for Accreditation that were subject of the original inquiry.
Chancellor Mark Hagerott stated that the formal notification was a pleasing conclusion to the efforts the system and its institutions had put forth through the past two-and-a-half years to ensure that the HLC had all the information it needed to evaluate the performance of the system.
"This notification was made possible by the hard work of system staff and the staffs of our 11 campuses," Hagerott said. "Without their dedication, this conclusive achievement would not have been possible."
Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus said the announcement was well-received by the campuses and system office.
"NDUS is pleased to have worked with the HLC to review and revise our policies and procedures to make sure we provide the best possible service to our state institutions of higher ed," Rothaus said. "A thorough review of our governance has helped us make sure that the State Board of Higher Education is directly involved in the decisions that matter most to the students."