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COVID-19 Guidance Weblinks - Institutional Accreditors

Institutional Accreditors have provided the following guidance (note that is is changing regularly):



  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC): HLC has shared information on their website under Coronavirus Updates  (also accessible through the link at the top of their home page). Note this updated section from June 29, 2020: “Notify HLC of Changes to Educational Offerings,” including requesting a temporary distance education waiver.  The Answers to FAQ's including pass/fail, waiving graduation requirements, offering distance ed. etc. updated 9/17/20  Also see, Evaluations of Criteria for Accreditation during COVID-19 Pandemic updated 9/17/20.



  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE): Please review the COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Update webpage.  NECHE is currently handling any waivers of distance education requirements on a case-by-case basis.  "We recognize that institutions are making changes in the academic calendar and modes of delivery to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff while ensuring the best possible academic experience possible in these circumstances, in light of the Commission’s Standards and policies and federal guidance.  We appreciate hearing from institutions about these accommodations."




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