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HLC

USI's Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Trained Peer-Reviewers

The Commission relies upon the work of peer reviewers for its accrediting activities. These volunteers generously share their knowledge and experience to assure and advance institutional quality. 

The Commission maintains a Peer Review Corps of approximately 1,300 faculty and administrators from institutions within the nineteen state North Central region.  The peer reviewers play an incredibly important role in all stages of the accreditation process.  They are responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with the accreditation criteria as well as for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission. 

Members of the Peer Review Corps serve as agents of the Commission in its evaluation and decision-making processes for AQIP, PEAQ, and the Program for Seeking Initial Status. In general, the groups within the Peer Review Corps include

  • PEAQ consultant-evaluators (C-Es)
  • AQIP reviewers
  • PEAQ Eligibility Reviewers and consultant-evaluators for the Program for Seeking Initial Status
  • Review and decision-making council members: Institutional Actions Council (IAC) and Accreditation Review Council (ARC)

Several USI personnel serve as HLC-NCA Consultant-Evaluators/Reviewers:

PEAQ Consultant-Evaluators   

·        Dr. Linda L.M. Bennett - President

·        Dr. Katherine Draughon - Executive Director, Planning, Research & Assessment

·        Dr. Brian McGuire - Associate Dean, College of Business

·        Dr. Timothy Schibik - Assistant Dean, College of Business

·        Dr. Darrin Sorrells - Learning Assistance Specialist, University Division

AQIP Systems Appraisers

·        Dr. Brian McGuire - Associate Dean, College of Business

·        Dr. Timothy Schibik - Assistant Dean, College of Business

·        Dr. Darrin Sorrells - Learning Assistance Specialist, University Division

 

Roles and Responsibilities of an HLC Peer Reviewer