CMU to undergo reaffirmation in April

Central Michigan University will undergo reaffirmation process for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission on April 25 and 26.

Claudia Douglass, who works for the office of vice provost for academic effectiveness at CMU, presented the reaffirmation process at the Feb. 8 city commission meeting.

Accreditation is a validation process used by the Higher Learning Commission to evaluate colleges, universities and other higher learning institutions to affirm that a university provides a quality education to its students.

"It looks at the university in all perspectives, from academically to financially," Douglass said.

The reaffirmation process reviews all facets of CMU based on five criteria, including checking that CMU has a clear and articulated mission, acts with integrity, its quality of education is proven to be effective and fulfill its mission while planning for the future.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the process by providing comments via survey, which will be open until Feb. 17. A summary of student input will be provided to the Higher Learning Commission. The answers given on the survey are anonymous and CMU will not have access to students' identities.

CMU is re-accredited every 10 years. It has been accredited since 1915, except for the 1922-23 year.