Cedarville University is chartered by the State of Ohio and certified by the Ohio Board of Regents. The University is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
The University is preparing for reaffirmation of accreditation and will host the HLC in October 2016. The Steering Committee is currently working to gather evidence and compose an "assurance argument" for reaffirmation of accreditation. They are using the HLC's Guiding Values, Assumed Practices, and Criteria for Accreditation to shape this argument.
Additionally, several departments and programs within the University hold program-specific accreditations, certificates, and licensures insuring our graduates the full benefit of approved and professionally recognized degree programs. See our Accreditation, Recognition, and Licensure page for specific associations.
Accreditation Services works hand-in-hand with Institutional Research to oversee a continuous process to understand, describe, update, and improve the educational quality at Cedarville University through the self-study and accreditation processes. Specifically, Accreditation Services provides direct support for the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents processes including:
- Self-study supervision and coordination
- Submission of change and new program requests
- Preparation of related and required documents
- Planning and logistics for site visits
- Specialized budgeting
- Timing of strategies and announcements
Accreditation Services also provides essential collaboration for specialized programmatic accreditation for specific departments and programs within the University as follows:
- Collaborate with deans and department chairs on an annual basis to ensure appropriate budgetary requirements for accreditation
- Develop an initial timeline and checklist for the self-study and campus visit
- Provide auxiliary support for offices making accommodations for campus visit scheduling of administrators and non-departmental personnel who need to be interviewed
- Collect data and documents requested by the agency that are outside of the departmental control
- Support the departments in their self-study writing process for areas outside of the departmental control and other specific requests
- Review the final content of the self-study and related documents verifying that agency requested responses are answered
- Serve as a liaison to any editor of a final draft of the self-study to ensure consistency of reporting documents
- Participate in campus visits, as needed
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Mission of Institutional Assessment
The mission of assessment and student learning at Cedarville University is to encourage and promote a culture of assessment for the entire learning community. This will be done by: providing information and technical expertise to facilitate continuous improvement of student learning; developing and disseminating best practices, and maintaining a systematic and systemic collection of student learning assessment data used to engage the campus community in reflection and action on continuous program improvement.
- Coordinate and support annual cycle of assessment of programs, University Portrait Statements, and general education
- Conduct surveys of various constituencies
- Departmental and program planning
- Regular reporting of findings to appropriate administrative and faculty committees
- Sharing findings with students and other stakeholders