Peer reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission have been meeting with administrators, faculty and students this week at MU.
The peer reviewers are in Columbia to discuss the strengths and weaknesses those in the MU community see in regards to the five areas needed for accreditation by the Higher Leaning Commission. The criteria for accreditation can be found at the HLC’s website here.
Some issues faculty members brought up in an open forum Tuesday were how the University plans on filling vacancies brought about by the university’s buyout of tenured faculty. Some faculty members were also concerned about the emphasis put on research as opposed to teaching students.
The HLC reviewers will give their recommendation to the HLC based on the discussions they have during their visit as well as the university’s assurance agreement submitted to the HLC. A decision on whether the university will receive accreditation should come within the year.