Truman, Harold Washington get long-term accreditations

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • March 06, 2009 @ 2:30 PM

Two City Colleges campuses are set to receive top accreditations for their academic programs, prestigious nods that burnish the credentials of Truman College and Harold Washington College.

Harold Washington will likely get a full 10-year accreditation, meaning that it does not need to submit its programs for review to an outside organization for a decade.

A team from the Higher Learning Commission, which is based in Chicago, visited the downtown campus recently and recommended the maximum accreditation term; it will be finalized by the end of the summer, a spokeswoman for the commission says.

Harold Washington’s accomplishment garnered a round of applause at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

“They were impressed with the knowledge of the faculty in the areas of curriculum development, assessment, global studies and student engagement,” says Angela Henderson, a district vice chancellor.

Often such accreditations, which are required for colleges to issue degrees recognized by other institutions, must be renewed every few years. The review process typically includes a site visit that can last several days and involve dozens of interviews, as well as a close look at the college’s records.

Truman’s nursing program received top honors as well: the maximum eight-year term from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

“They were impressed with the state board results because they were higher than the averages across the state and the country,” Henderson says.

About 95 percent to 100 percent of students in those classes at Truman pass the state certification test, the college says. Last summer, according to district documents, all 10 students taking a class for a nursing assistant certificate passed the test.

“We're delighted that the Truman College Nursing Program successfully completed the recent re-accreditation process,” spokesman Clifton Daniel said in an e-mail statement.


Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18