Accrediting agency seeks public comment on UCCS

Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, [email protected] Joanna Bean, (719) 255-3732, [email protected]

UCCS SignatureCOLORADO SPRINGS — In preparation for a November visit from the Higher Learning Commission, a regional higher education accrediting agency, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs seeks comments from the public about the university.

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states including Colorado. The HLC routinely visits colleges and universities every decade. An accrediting team is compiling information now and will personally visit UCCS beginning Nov. 14.

“Accreditation is both a distinguishing factor and is an opportunity for us to ensure we are meeting – or surpassing – the standards expected of high quality institutions,” UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “It is vital that we present ourselves honestly, accurately and with plans for adapting to a changing educational environment.”

The following criteria will be used by HLC when evaluating UCCS

  • Mission
  • Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
  • Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The public is invited to send comments to the HLC online at or by mail to the following address:

Public Comment on University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Comments must be received by Oct. 14 and should address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. For more information about the Higher Learning Commission, visit

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit