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Visit Information for Peer Reviewers

The Higher Learning Commission has developed detailed logistical information, forms, and templates for the peer review team visits. Below are a collection of PEAQ and AQIP peer reviewer resources. Reviewers looking for their scheduled visits and blackout dates should visit the Peer Review Data Update System.

General Forms

Guides

Comprehensive Reviews, Evaluation Reports, and the Assumed Practices: Instructions for Peer Review Teams

The Commission provides guidance for institutions and peer reviewers in its Statement on Peer Reviewers Serving as Independent Consultants or on Mock Teams to Institutions that are Accredited by or Seeking Accreditation with the Commission.

Tribal Colleges and Universities and Higher Learning Commission Accreditation – Considerations for HLC Peer Reviewers provides context for peer reviewers who may not be familiar with the unique characteristics of Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Two-Year Institutions Seeking to Offer the Baccalaureate Degree: Considerations of Readiness

Dual Credit Guidelines for Institutions and Peer Reviewers

Multiple Location Visits

Information for Peer Reviewers
Multiple Location Visit Report Template

 

AQIP Reviewer Resources

Systems Appraisals

The Systems Appraiser Guide details the new and revised review process that becomes effective with the June 2013 Systems Appraisals. 

For each reviewer, the Systems Appraisal Worksheets contain instructions and designated worksheets for each of the nine categories, including Independent, Consensus and Evidentiary review. Not all team members will use every worksheet.

The Team Reflection Worksheet is for all team members to list significant observations about the institution to be used during the review process after reading through the Systems Portfolio and Institutional Review.

The Systems Appraisal team uses the Systems Appraisal Report template at the conclusion of its review to create a final feedback report.

Quality Checkups

Quality Checkup Report Template

 

PEAQ Reviewer Resources

Guides

Commission Guide for Writing the Team Report: Focused Visit

The team report of a focused visit has two sections. Section I. the Assurance Section, Parts I, II, and III, relates directly to accreditation issues. Section II, The Advancement Section, is the consultation of the team. These instructions will assist you in writing each part of the report.

Substantive Change Panel Review Process: Change Panel Instructions and Forms (2011)

Commission Guide for Writing the Team Report: Change Visit (January 2013)

Campus Evaluation Visits: Information for Institutions and Reviewers (September 2011)

 

How to Write the Evidentiary Statement

Evidentiary statements are designed to capture the essence of an institution's efforts to meet an area of focus or core component. The evidentiary statement evaluates the quality of the evidence/data the institution presents in support of the criteria and core components.

 

Submitting Required Materials for Visits


Prior to accreditation-related reviews, the institution provides the peer reviewers and the Commission with a set of required materials. Beginning in Fall 2011, these materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format for the majority of evaluations. 

Required Materials and Submission Procedures: PEAQ Comprehensive Visit
Required Materials and Submission Procedures: PEAQ and AQIP Change Visit
Required Materials and Submission Procedures: Focused Visit

Templates

PEAQ Template for team report for the Focused Visit: Advancement Section

PEAQ Template for team report for the Focused Visit: Assurance Section

 

PEAQ Comprehensive Evaluations for Reaffirmation of Accreditation: Documents Supporting the Preparation of the Team Report

This packet provides all the information pertaining to the preparation of team materials to address the Comprehensive Visit Team Report. The packet contains the following documents:

  • Annotated Template for the Team Report for the Comprehensive Visit. 
  • Template for the Team Report for the Comprehensive Visit (Word file provided as a link to this pdf).
  • Multi-Campus Report (Word file provided as a link to this pdf).
  • Embedded Change Report (Word file provided as a link to this pdf).
  • Protocol for Reviewing Distance Education and Correspondence Education.
  • Submission Procedures: PEAQ Comprehensive Visit Team Report.

 

Report Template for a Change Panel (September 2013)

Report Template for a Change Visit (August 2010)

Substantive Change Recommendation Form: Embedded Change Review (October 2011)

Report Template for Campus Evaluation Visits (October 2011)

 

Template for team report for the Comprehensive Visit for Initial Accreditation: Assurance Section (2014)


Template for Team Report for the Comprehensive Visit for Candidacy (February 2014)

Worksheets

Assumed Practices within the Criteria for Accreditation (April 2013)

Additional Location Confirmation Visit Report Form (March 2011)

Substantive Change Recommendation Form: Embedded Change Review (October 2011)

Review of Institutional Application for the Notification Program for Additional Locations (June 2011)

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