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Public Invited to Comment on Ohio Wesleyan’s Academic Programming

January 7, 2009

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will welcome in March an accreditation review team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Prior to that visit, the public is invited to provide comments to the Commission about Ohio Wesleyan and its academic programming.

Ohio Wesleyan has been accredited by the Commission since 1913, and the university participates in periodic site visits and other internal review processes to ensure that it continues to meet the Commission’s high standards for quality education.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation on a regional basis. The Commission accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in 19 states. It is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Ohio Wesleyan has been conducting a self study for two years and will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit March 23-25, 2009. After its visit, the evaluation team will make a recommendation regarding continuing accreditation for the university. Following a review, the Commission will take the final action.

The public is invited to participate in the review process by submitting comments about Ohio Wesleyan. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the university or its academic programs. Per Commission guidelines, all comments must be in writing and must be signed. Comments cannot be treated as confidential. All submissions must be received by Feb. 23, 2009, to ensure their review.

Comments should be sent to:

Public Comment on Ohio Wesleyan University
The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602

“The accreditation review provides Ohio Wesleyan the opportunity to systematically examine our programs and practices to assure ourselves as well as the Higher Learning Commission that we are fulfilling our mission of ‘equipping students with knowledge, competence, and character for leadership, service, and continued learning in a complex and increasingly global society,’ ” said Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Barbara S. Andereck, Ph.D., who is spearheading the accreditation project. “Having conducted an extensive internal evaluation, we welcome the input that our external constituencies and the Higher Learning Commission team will provide.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.