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Institutional Accreditation

HLC Assurance Argument

CWRU receives its institutional level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  To maintain its accredited status, CWRU is required to go through a major accreditation review once every ten years, and this review occurred during Spring 2015 semester.  As a result of this review, CWRU was reaccredited through the year 2024-25.

As part of this review, CWRU demonstrated that it meets the five accreditation criteria (which include a total of 21 core components) established by the HLC.  This is done by providing the HLC with a set of evidence documents, and writing a guide to these evidence documents known as the Assurance Argument.   Full details about the accreditation criteria and the process for reaccreditation can be found at the HLC Criteria for Accreditation and Core Components webpage.

Copies of the assurance arguments submitted by CWRU can be viewed by clicking on the links in the list below. 

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Core_Component_1.A:  The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.

Core_Component_1.B: The mission is articulated publicly.

Core_Component_1.C:  The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.

Core_Component_1.D:  The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.



The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.


Core_Component_2.A‌:  The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows policies and processes for fair and ethical behavior on the part of its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.

Core_Component_2.B‌:  The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.

Core_Component_2.C‌:  The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.

Core_Component_2.D‌:  The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.

Core_Component_2.E‌:  The institution’s policies and procedures call for responsible acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge by its faculty, students and staff.




The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.


Core_Component_3.A‌:  The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.


Core_Component_3.B‌:  The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.


Core_Component_3.C‌:  The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.


Core_Component_3.D‌:  The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.


Core_Component_3.E‌:  The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.




The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Core_Component_4.A‌:  The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.

Core_Component_4.B‌:  The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.

Core_Component_4.C‌:  The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.



The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

Core_Component_5.A‌:  The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.

Core_Component_5.B‌:  The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.

Core_Component_5.C‌:  The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.

Core_Component_5.D‌:  The institution works systematically to improve its performance.



HLC Student Opinion Survey Report

In February, 2015, the HLC conducted a Student Opinion Survey to learn about our students’ experience with the university.   CWRU is grateful to the more than 2,000 students who took part in the survey.

The results of the survey appear in two summary reports provided by the HLC, which can be accessed through the links below.  Groups of faculty and administrators have already begun the process of reviewing these reports, and are developing plans to make improvements in programs and address concerns raised by students through the HLC survey.


Adelbert Hall

HLC Student Opinion Survey Report
HLC Peer Reviewer Information
Open Meeting Schedule
Drop-in Session Schedule

For further information about accreditation, please contact:

Donald L. Feke
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education 
Office of the Provost 
Phone: 216.368.4389