Springfield, Ohio – The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) recently re-affirmed Wittenberg University’s accreditation.
Wittenberg was first accredited in 1916 and has been re-affirmed every 10 years since.
“The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by Wittenberg meets quality standards,” said Mary Jo Zembar, interim provost and professor of psychology. “Accreditation enables graduates to sit for certification examinations and it provides a basis for determining eligibility for federal student assistance.”
Accreditation is also especially important to students. Achieving a degree from an institution that is accredited not only speaks to the quality of the education, but it can also mean that credits taken are transferable to other accredited programs and that the degree will be recognized by employers.
“Wittenberg’s accreditation team approached the process as a current state analysis in relation to the five criteria of accreditation. I am pleased with the evaluation. The HLC team’s review was not only fair but also recognized many of Wittenberg’s strengths in serving students,” said Darby Hiller, assistant provost for academic affairs and institutional research.
Wittenberg’s accreditation team, consisting of 15 faculty and staff members, interviewed content area experts and wrote self-assessments beginning in March 2015. Among the most pertinent components of this year’s accreditation report are the following:
First action – The Institutional Actions Council of the HLC continued the accreditation of Wittenberg University with the next reaffirmation of accreditation to be in 2026-27. In conjunction with this action, the IAC required the following interim monitoring:
· Interim Report – an interim report is due on October 31, 2019 and should include evidence of stabilized financial resources; accurate enrollment projections; five-year financial projection models; strategic planning linked to budgeting, program review, and evaluation of new programs for financial viability.
Second action – The IAC concurred with the evaluation findings and voted to affirm the institution’s placement on the Standard Pathway for reaffirmation of accreditation.
Third action – The IAC concurred with the evaluation findings and approved the institution’s request to offer the master of arts in athletic coaching.
“Considerable work went into this process, and I want to extend a special thanks to Mary Jo Zembar, interim provost, and to Darby Hiller, assistant provost for academic affairs and institutional research, for their leadership on this front,” Interim President Dick Helton said. “This is a great day for Wittenberg.”
Repeatedly recognized by the Princeton Review for its professor accessibility, superior classroom experience and longstanding commitment to sustainability, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A leader in providing an active, engaged learning environment defined by excellence in academics, innovation, student success, service and athletics, Wittenberg was recently named one of Forbes’ Top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges. Additionally, the university currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state and recently earned a spot on the “Best Buy” list in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. For more information, visit www.wittenberg.edu.