UC Clermont

HLC Overview


The University of Cincinnati Clermont College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation Process

UC Clermont College maintains its accreditation by fulfilling criteria that are determined by the Commission. The college is an Open Pathway institution. The Open Pathway separates the continued accreditation process into two components: the Assurance Review and the Quality Initiative.

  • Two Assurance Reviews take place in a 10-year cycle; one in Year 4 and one in Year 10. The Year 4 review occurs asynchronously via the Commission's online Assurance System and without a visit. The Year 10 review also is conducted with the Assurance System but includes a visit to the campus, as noted below. No change requests may be combined with the Year 4 review; all change requests at Year 4 are evaluated separately through the Commission's change process.
  • Between Years 5 and 9 of the 10-year cycle, the institution proposes and completes a Quality Initiative. The Assurance Reviews free the Quality Initiative to focus on institutional innovation and improvement. The institution undertakes a Quality Initiative as something it elects to suit its own purposes. The time frame is flexible to accommodate the amount of time necessary to complete or make substantial progress toward completion.
  • In Year 10, the institution undergoes a comprehensive evaluation.

Comprehensive Evaluation

A comprehensive evaluation takes place in Year 10 of the 10-year Open Pathway accreditation cycle.

The components of the comprehensive evaluation in the Open Pathway include:

  • An Assurance Review
  • A review of Federal Compliance
  • An on-site visit
  • If applicable, a multi-campus review

In the comprehensive evaluation, peer reviewers determine whether the institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation by analyzing the institution's Assurance Filing; a preliminary analysis is followed by a campus visit. The purposes of the visit are to validate claims made in the institution's Assurance Filing and to triangulate those materials with what the team finds during planned activities while on site.

All comprehensive evaluations include a review of whether the institution meets the Federal Compliance Requirements. In addition, comprehensive evaluations include visits to branch campuses as applicable.

Self-Study Process

A team of administrators, faculty and staff guided the self-study process beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. The team formed groups which were assigned to one of the five Criteria for Accreditation. These teams collaborated with other faculty and staff to gather details and evidentiary documents during the 2014-2015 academic year. The draft Assurance Review was shared with college stakeholders in Fall Semester 2015. The final Assurance Review and Federal Compliance report were submitted to HLC in February 2016, in preparation for the comprehensive evaluation scheduled March 7-8, 2016.

Assurance Review Report

Federal Compliance Filing Report

UC Clermont College Self-Study Taskforce

  • Jeff Bauer, Dean
  • Kim Jacobs-Beck, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Kate Lane (co-chair), Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Nick Abel, Associate Professor of Physics
  • Noah MacKenzie, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Jennifer Radt, Senior Director of Student Affairs & Services
  • Susan Riley, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • Meagan Schalk, Academic Evaluator
  • Greg Sojka, Professor of English

The Quality Initiative

The Open Pathway requires an institution to designate one major improvement effort it has undertaken as its Quality Initiative for reaffirmation of accreditation. The Quality Initiative should suit the institution's present concerns or aspirations, and takes place between years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle.

Quality Initiative Report

HLC Quality Initiative Review Report

Quality Initiative Process

UC Clermont invited faculty and staff to submit Quality Initiative (QI) proposals to the Quality Assurance Committee for review during the 2012-2013 academic year. The committee selected the development and implementation of Administrative Unit Review for the college's QI. HLC approved the QI proposal in August 2013.

UC Clermont College Quality Assurance Committee

  • Jonathan Clark, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Sam Coppoletti, Associate Professor-Educator of Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Bruce Davis, Associate Professor of Paralegal Studies
  • Mae Hanna, Senior Assistant Dean of Marketing, Communications, Recruitment and Student Services
  • Kim Jacobs-Beck, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Noah MacKenzie, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Jennifer Radt, Senior Director of Student Affairs and Services
  • Phoebe Reeves, Associate Professor of English
  • Susan Riley, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer

UC Clermont College Quality Initiative Working Group

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the QI Working Group, which included representatives from each of the five administrative units, worked to develop the administrative review structure and timeline. The Enrollment & Student Services unit completed the first administrative unit review in Fall 2015.

  • Academic Affairs representatives - Glenda Neff & Mary Stearns
  • Administrative Services representative - Maria Keri
  • Enrollment & Student Services representatives - Julie Eagen & Kris Loughran
  • Facilities & Technology Services representatives - Kevin Peck & Mel Sweet
  • Marketing & Recruitment representatives - Mae Hanna & Terry Moore
  • Academic Department Chair representative - Kim Jacobs-Beck
  • HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer - Susan Riley

For more information, contact the UC Clermont College Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) Susan Riley at susan.riley@uc.edu or (513) 732-5324.