"The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality." (U.S. Dept. of Ed.)
"The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, to degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming."(HLC)
"Regional accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets threshold standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. Both the Standard and Open Pathway feature: a ten-year cycle, a focus on both assurance and improvement, Assurance Reviews in Years 4 and 10, and the use of the HLC electronic Assurance System. All Commission Pathways require: annual filing of the Institutional Update, annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators, and adherence to Commission policies and practices on institutional change." (HLC)
Please note that all change request requirements are subject to change, with revisions usually occurring once per year. This information is paraphrased from HLC's Overview of Commission Policies and Procedures for Institutional Changes Requiring Commission Notification or Approval, which can be found by clicking here. The information provided is not comprehensive, but a quick reference list of change requests that are most applicable to WMU.