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Accreditation 2004

A five-person review team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) visited the campus on November 8-10 2004, as part of Calvin’s 10-year reaccreditation process. At the conclusion of the visit, the accreditation review team briefed Calvin Administrators on their findings and recommendations: they will be recommending Calvin's reaccreditation. The reviewers were full of praise for Calvin's programs and more than that, for the great solidarity of vision and purpose that animates our campus.

The team had some advice for the College as well. They will recommend that Calvin needs to make its assessment program more coherent, salient and direct. We also need to make stronger use of its findings to strengthen our current programs or start new ones. Since this is an area for improvement that we pointed out in our self-study report, we welcome the assignment and we are confident that we can do the work to meet the accreditors' expectations.

Calvin College Self-Study Report, Fall 2004In anticipation of the review team's Fall 2004 campus visit, a team composed of 12 faculty, staff, student, and administrative representatives worked for the past two years to develop a self-study report which addresses the five criteria for accreditation.

In order to ensure the fullest possible campus involvement in the process, every office and department of the college reviewed various drafts of the report. Members of the Self-Study Committee acted as liaisons to departments and other units of the college, channeling feedback on successive drafts and revisions of the report.

The 2004 Calvin College Self-Study Report is a comprehensive report and collection of exhibits that describe and assess who we are, what we do, and how we do it at Calvin College.

You may read the entire report by clicking on the image to the right (requires Adobe Reader), or you may browse the Report via the Table of Contents below. We welcome your comments.

Self-Study Report (Fall 2004)

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Report Prepared for the Higher Learning Commission of
the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association