Higher Learning Commission allowing schools to apply for extension for dual-credit program compliance

Higher Learning Commission allowing schools to apply for extension for dual-credit program compliance

Source: Higher Learning Commission

At its meeting on November 5, the Higher Learning Commission’s Board of Trustees resolved to provide an opportunity for institutions with dual credit programs to apply for extensions related to compliance of faculty in these programs with revisions to Assumed Practice B.2., a policy update that clarified longstanding expectations HLC had with regard to the qualifications of faculty.

HLC’s Board of Trustees received feedback from various constituents regarding the revisions to Assumed Practice B.2. The focus of the feedback was largely on the impact of the revision on dual credit programs. Based on the feedback, the Board has decided to maintain the expectation set for in the policy and allow institutions and state organizations to request extensions related to dual credit. 

The revised Assumed Practice will remain effective September 1, 2017. If an institution believes its dual credit program is not able to be in compliance by the effective date, it may submit an application for an extension by September 2016. A state higher education entity may also apply for the extension on behalf of accredited institutions under its jurisdiction. A review panel will evaluate all applications. Approved applications will be granted an extension of up to September 2022 based on the circumstances presented in the application. The extension will only be available for dual credit programs; the revised Assumed Practice will be effective for all other programs at an institution that has received an extension. Information about the application process will be available in early 2016.

HLC posted a document online, Determining Qualified Faculty: Guidelines for Institutions and Peer Reviewers, that provides detailed information about HLC’s Assumed Practice B.2. and its implementation.

Member institutions are encouraged to review the Guidelines. It is critical that institutions fully understand HLC’s expectations before taking any action to implement the revised Assumed Practice.

The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that students have access to qualified faculty members who can help position them for success, both in their academic programs and their careers. HLC appreciates institutional cooperation in supporting the goals of the revised requirement and in ensuring that HLC’s expectations regarding its implementation are carefully followed at your institution.

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