All Full-time Employees; All
HLC Steering Committee
DATE: December 20, 2018
RE: HLC Reports and Site Visits
In 2018, Palmer College
of Chiropractic will be completing a 10-year cycle of regional accreditation on
Standard Pathways with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In 2019, Palmer
College will be seeking reaffirmation of accreditation on a new 10-year cycle.
The College commissioned
an HLC Assurance Report Steering Committee in 2017, chaired by Drs. Mary Frost and Dustin Derby, to draft a new Assurance
Argument, branch campus reports, and a Federal Compliance Report in
anticipation of accreditation site visits to the Palmer campuses in January
2019. The Steering Committee also included Drs.
Andrea Haan and Kevin Paustian,
and Mss. Beth Barclay and Abbey Nagle-Kuch, each with unique
research and writing assignments. The Steering Committee successfully submitted
all reports to the HLC on December 14, 2018, a week before the due date.
The HLC will meet with
internal stakeholders on visits to the West campus on January 11, 2019; the
Florida campus on January 18; and the Davenport campus on January 28 and 29. In
preparation for these meetings, the College has made the reports available to
internal stakeholders under the “Announcements” section of the Palmer Portal.
The reports also contain links to proprietary College evidence documents that
will not be active for stakeholder review. The Steering Committee asks full-time
employees to familiarize themselves with the Colleges “Assurance Argument” for
compliance with the HLC Standards. Site Team interviews with internal
stakeholders will focus on Palmer’s written responses.
These documents are
College proprietary information, representing accreditation communications
between Palmer College and the Higher Learning Commission and are not for general
public dissemination. Please respect the private nature of these documents as restricted
to internal communications only.