A team of consultant-evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission visited the university on April 11-13, 2005. Team members met with administrators, faculty, staff, and students as they conducted a thorough examination of the university's self-study report and the evidence gathered to support Case's continued accreditation.
The team prepared a report of its findings and submitted a recommendation to the Commission regarding the university's accreditation status. Case provided a formal written response to the report, as required. After the report received an additional level of review, the Commission voted to continue Case's accreditation for ten years, the maximum period possible.
The team report has two main sections:
- The Assurance Section presents the team's judgment on the extent to which Case fulfills each of the criteria for Accreditation. This section also provides the team's recommendation regarding continued accreditation.
- The Advancement Section focuses on the university's future improvement and provides the team's observations on areas of accomplishment, areas deserving or requiring the university's attention, and any other areas as defined by either the team or by Case.
Access to the report is restricted to Case users.
The Commission also adopted the team's recommendation that Case be required to submit a progress report at the end of 2008 on the university's financial performance. The team emphasized that it was not concerned about the university's financial stability. Given the significant investments undertaken as part of the vision plan, however, the team thought it appropriate that the Commission receive an update on the university's finances before the next ten-year visit.
The progress report was submitted to the Commission in December 2008. The Commission’s analysis called the report “remarkable in its candor, its organization and completeness,” concluding with the observation that
The progress report submitted by Case Western Reserve University is a convincing and well-documented argument that the University is recovering in a systematic and sound manner to the very serious financial challenges that confronted it in its recent history. The analysis of the situation is rigorous and insightful. The recovery plans are sound and well conceived. The University is commended for its serious and systematic approach to its financial challenges.
No further reports are required. The university’s next comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.