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Earlham is accredited, since 1913, by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2004, Earlham received its 10-year accreditation with a positive review.
The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States, granting membership to a 19-state North Central region. Earlham’s next comprehensive accreditation is scheduled for 2013-14.
During the year preceding the 2004 accreditation visit, a faculty committee led the College community in conducting a thorough and critical study of its academic and administrative accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses, and strategic plans for the future.
Widely consultative in nature, the committee reviewed extensive empirical data and evaluative reports from each academic department and administrative unit. The resulting Institutional Self-Study summarized Earlham’s progress toward fulfilling its mission since its 1993 accreditation review.
The North Central Association assigned a team to conduct a Comprehensive Evaluation Visit February 8-11, 2004. While on campus, the Evaluation Team reviewed many documents and interviewed many members of the College community. The team’s report, provided here in its entirety, is divided into two parts:
In general, the Evaluation Team’s 2004 accreditation report is very complimentary of Earlham, stating that the College “meets the General Institutional Requirements and satisfies all five criteria for accreditation. We believe that Earlham College is doing an excellent job in fulfilling its mission and in educating its students” (Assurance Section, page 9). The report commends the scholarship and dedication of the faculty, the engagement of the students, the breadth of academic programming, the beauty of the campus and the fulfillment of the College’s mission through consensus-based governance, and a wealth of international study and service learning opportunities.
The Evaluation Team concurred with future institutional priorities that Earlham had already identified through various planning processes. These priorities include increasing our financial base to sustain the diversity that is a hallmark of our curriculum and approach to a liberal arts education, and re-evaluating the ambitiousness of our curriculum in light of the pressure it exerts on our human and financial resources.