Public comments sought in advance of accreditation review

Iowa State is seeking comments from the public -- including students, faculty and staff -- in preparation for its periodic reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The university has been accredited continuously by the commission since 1916. Iowa State last was reaccredited in 2006.

An HLC review team will visit Iowa State Nov. 2-3 to review the institution's performance and its ongoing ability to meet the commission's five Criteria for Accreditation.

The university has been preparing for this visit for the last two years. Additional information about the university's preparation for the review, including leadership teams, is available on the provost's office website.

In addition to the public comment opportunity described below, the campus community will be able to provide comments and input during open forums that are part of the November visit. Details of those forums will be shared in the fall.

Public comment

The commission, as part of the accreditation review, invites public comments about Iowa State. Anyone inside or outside the university may submit comments to the review team. These comments, which are not considered confidential, must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.

Comments may be submitted either by mail or online, but must be received by Oct. 5.

Written comments may be mailed to:

    Public Comment on Iowa State University
    The Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Online comments may be submitted via this URL: