2012-13 Quality Initiative and Comprehensive Review

St. Olaf’s continued accreditation was most recently affirmed by the Higher Learning Commission in July 2013. The process involved two different kinds of activities.

The Quality Initiative (2010–2012) – The Quality Initiative is a project designed to improve one or more areas of the college’s operations or performance. St. Olaf elected to focus on the “Main Street” project as its Quality Initiative, intended to help students develop and carry out vocation and career plans that align with their gifts and passions, advance their financial independence, and allow for both clear first steps and long-term flexibility.

St. Olaf Quality Initiative Report – August 2012

The Comprehensive Evaluation (2012-13) – For this phase of the accreditation cycle, the college submitted an evidence-based “assurance argument” and evidence file demonstrating that it meets the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. A team of peer reviewers conducted a review of the evidence, accompanied by a site visit to the college, and submitted a detailed analysis and recommendation to the Commission. The process concluded with HLC’s decision to continue the college’s accreditation until its next comprehensive evaluation in 2022-23.

St. Olaf Assurance Argument – April 2013

Peer Review Team Report – May 2013

HLC Notification of Continued Accreditation – July 2013