October 28-29, 2024

Components of a Comprehensive Evaluation

Assurance Review

As part of the Assurance Review, Washington University is required to submit an Assurance Argument, along with materials of evidence to demonstrate that it is in compliance with HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The team of peer reviewers conducting the comprehensive evaluation reviews these materials in preparation for an on-site visit.

Federal Compliance Review

A Federal Compliance Review is conducted as part of a 10-year comprehensive evaluation. Washington University must submit a Federal Compliance Filing demonstrating that they are meeting their Title IV program responsibility, as well as complying with the expectations of specific regulations set by the U.S. Department of Education. Compliance with these federal requirements is necessary for the institutions to be eligible for federal financial aid. HLC is required to conduct this review as a federally recognized accrediting agency.

Student Opinion Survey

HLC will conduct an online survey of Washington University’s student body two months prior to the on-site peer review visit. The survey is intended to give students an opportunity to participate in the evaluation process, and to help identify questions for the peer reviewers to ask while on site.

On-Site Peer Review Visit

The on-site visits will take place October 28-29, 2024, after the peer review team has reviewed Washington University’s report and student survey results. The team will meet with the institution’s leadership and board, as well as open forums with faculty, staff and students.

Multi-campus Visit

A multi-campus visit is included as part of the comprehensive evaluation for institutions that have one or more branch campuses. 

Learn more about the Higher Learning Commission here.

Learn more about the Higher Learning Commission here.