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In order to keep the Highlands community informed about ongoing accreditation activities, we will be hosting a few institution-wide forums each year. The last HLC Forum of 2018,  held on October 30, 2018, provided an overview of the preparation process for the Focused Visit that will take place on March 30-31, 2020. The Focused Visit basically consists of a team of peer reviewers sent by the Higher Learning Commission to determine whether the university has met the areas of concern specified by the HLC. To see a recording of the October 30 forum, please click here.

We will be hosting three HLC Forums in spring 2019, and three more in fall 2019. Each forum will focus on one of the three areas of concern specified by the HLC. These forums are held in the SUB ballroom and are open to all university employees. We encourage you to attend! Details on each of the forums are provided below.

Strategic Enrollment Management (HLC Criterion 4C)

The spring 2019 forum took place on February 25. Dr. Edward Martinez, Interim VP for Enrollment Management, gave a presentation on the steps Highlands University is taking to increase enrollment and improve retention. Time was provided for questions and for suggestions from the audience.

  • Listen to a recording of the forum here.
  • View a summary of audience-generated suggestions here.

Finance (HLC Criterion 5A)

The spring 2019 forum took place on Monday, March 25. Mr. Max Baca, VP for Finance and Administration, discussed the steps that Highlands University is taking to address the HLC’s concerns in the area of our financial activities.

  • Listen to a recording of the forum here.

The fall 2019 forum took place on Monday, September 23. Speakers included President Sam Minner, Mr. Max Baca, VP for Finance and Administration, and Dr. Lee Allard, Director of OIER. The forum focused on summarizing key elements of the HLC Focused Visit Evidence File, currently under preparation, with respect to HLC Criterion 5A. The forum speakers also encouraged campus stakeholders to be informed and actively involved in the preparation process for the Focused Visit.

  • Listen to a recording of the forum here.

Strategic Planning and Institutional Improvement (HLC Criterion 5D)

The spring 2019 forum took place on Monday, April 22. Dr. Ian Williamson and Dr. Lee Allard discussed the steps that Highlands University is taking to address the HLC’s concerns in the area of our planning and institutional improvement activities.

  • Listen to a recording of the forum here.

Please join us for these campus-wide forums!