Decision

Receiving Institutions will not submit a request to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for a change to campus structure (i.e. branch campus to additional location model) until after HLC has completed its six-month review.

Background

This decision is based on the recommendation, in consultation with the HLC Functional Team, of Carleen Vande Zande, Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation. Carleen serves as the UWSA liaison to HLC. UWSA and receiving institutions are in the first months of implementing the MOUs and still have an HLC review in six months. During the first year of restructuring, the institutions will be implementing the required components of the MOU. A change in this implementation roll-out could risk missing critical components of the MOU to support students.

Next Steps

Receiving Institutions will not implement a new campus structure until July 1, 2019 at the earliest. In preparation for HLC’s six-month review, the institutions should gather information about the type, amount, and delivery of student services at the branch campus to determine how many services are utilized and needed.