Ashland University Receives Higher Learning Commission Approval for National University Accreditation

5/10/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University has received formal notification from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association that the Institutional Action Council has approved all of the recommendations made as part of the commission's visit in December relating to the University accreditation.

"I am pleased that we have received formal notification from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association that the Institutional Action Council (IAC) recently voted to officially approve all the recommendations made by the mandated focus visit team during the December 2010 visit," said Ashland University Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew.

"This acknowledges the successful completion of those items that were in question resulting from our comprehensive review in 2008 as well as the issues surrounding the acquisition of the MedCentral College of Nursing," he said.

Pettigrew outlined the items that were in question either from the comprehensive review or following the acquisition of MedCentral College of Nursing. These items were:

*         The acquisition of the MedCentral College of Nursing

*         The financial impact of the acquisition on the University

*         The strategic planning and implementation process of the University

*         The administrative relationship between the Seminary and University

*         MBA in Business on-line degree program

*         The University student learning outcomes assessment plan

"Additionally, our Accreditation Status has been approved and updated indicating that no further action by the Higher Learning Commission is required and the next comprehensive visit is not scheduled until 2017-2018 academic year," Pettigrew said. "This is very good news."

Pettigrew said receiving this accreditation approval from the Higher Learning Commission speaks to the academic quality of the institution. "This approval permits us to move forward without any restrictions on program development or delivery, and gives the assurance to each student that Ashland University is a high quality accredited University," he said.

Pettigrew thanked all the University personnel who worked hard in making the HLC visit a successful one as well as one with subsequent positive results.

"I am pleased by the number of folks who were willing to 'step up' and get involved in this endeavor realizing the importance that this has on the status of the institution," he said. "I thank them for their commitment in making Ashland University a better place."

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.