Case Western Reserve University has been accredited since 1913 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. In 2005 Case was reaccredited by the Commission for ten years, the maximum period possible.
CWRU is one of 14 “pioneer” institutions participating in a demonstration project that will lead to a new model for continued accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. The Pathways Project proposes to separate the reaccreditation process into two components, an Assurance Process and an Improvement Process. The traditional self-study will be replaced with a Quality Initiative that the institution will undertake as something it elects to do for substantial institutional improvement. CWRU’s Quality Initiative will involve implementation of the interdisciplinary alliances created in the university’s strategic plan. More information on the Quality Initiative will be available in the coming year.