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HLC affirms Dickinson State's accreditation

Posted on 7/16/2012

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association has notified Dickinson State University that DSU remains accredited, but is being put "On Notice."

"On July 11, the Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission reviewed the findings of the advisory visit to DSU earlier this spring and the recommendations that commission president Dr. Sylvia Manning made to the Board," said Dr. D.C. Coston, president of Dickinson State University. "Yesterday afternoon, I received by email the letter and Public Disclosure Notice (PDN) detailing the Board's action. The Board has placed Dickinson State on Notice, and accreditation sanction effective as of the Board action taken on July 11, 2012."

In February 2013, Dickinson State must provide a detailed written report to the HLC describing the steps taken to address the concerns found during the Advisory Visit. In May 2013, the Commission will send a Focused Visit Team to DSU to further assure compliance with requirements of the Commission's criteria for accreditation. The Commission staff will review the report and the findings of the focused visit and prepare recommendations to the Board. In November 2013, the Board will review this complete set of materials and determine if further action is warranted.

DSU has been taking steps to address the situations and issues addressed in the Board's letter. While the Commission's letter recognizes these steps, it also clearly lays out the expectations for DSU to be in compliance with the criteria for accreditation.

"We have commitments: to provide a high quality education for our students; to be accountable to our numerous stakeholders including the citizens who support us, the Legislative Assembly and other leaders who represent the citizens, and our alumni and friends; and to accomplish all that we do to the highest standards. Additionally, we have commitments to work together and to support each other, and each of us must account to her/himself personally," said Coston.

The Public Disclosure Notice of the Commission's action may be viewed on the HLC website

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