Volunteers help with some outdoor work.

Students and the HLC Site Visit

On March 19-21, 2012, a review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) was on campus to determine if Winona State University will be reaccredited.

The visit came after a self-study first started by a committee composed of faculty, students, administration and staff in 2007. Accredited colleges and universities have proven to their peers that they are committed to educational quality and improvement. In addition to preparing to the site visit, students helped in the accreditation process by participating in assessment activities at the department, college and university levels.

What does reaccreditation mean?

  1. Quality: Accreditation assures a university meets its clearly-stated quality standards. The HLC places a premium on student learning.
  2. Financial Aid: Only students from accredited institutions can participate in federal financial aid programs, if eligible.
  3. Graduate School and Employment: Most graduate schools will only accept students with degrees from accredited schools. Employers may also consider accreditation in hiring potential employees.
  4. Transfer: Most schools will only accept transfer credits from accredited schools.

Where did students fit into the team visit?

Students had the opportunity to meet with HLC review team members in an open forum setting. Students also encountered HLC team members in the student union or academic buildings during the site visit.

If the opportunity arose to visit with a review team member, students were asked to be ready to share:

  • How Winona State lives up to its mission:

The mission of Winona State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. We offer undergraduate programs based on the traditions and values of the arts and sciences and an array of graduate and professional programs that are especially responsive to the needs of the Upper Midwest. We prepare our graduates to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their communities.

Winona State University is a community of learners improving our world.

  • What being a student and part of the Winona State community mean to them.