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EWC receives continued accreditation

April 14, 2021

Eastern Wyoming College has been notified by the Higher Learning Commission of continued accreditation following action taken by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission (IAC).

The HLC reaffirmation process looked at the following criterion.

Criterion 1. Mission. The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations. This criterion and all related core components were met.

Criterion 2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct. The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible. This criterion and all related core components were met.

Criterion 3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support. The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered. This criterion and all related core components were met.

Criterion 4. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement. The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement. This criterion and core component 4.B. was met with concerns which requires a follow-up interim report on assessment due 2/1/2023.

Criterion 5. Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning. The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.

The following excerpt is from the official notification letter under the signature of Barbara Gellman-Danley, President:

“IAC continued the accreditation of Eastern Wyoming College with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2030-31. In conjunction with this action, IAC required the following interim monitoring.

Interim Report: An interim report due 2/1/2023 on assessment”

“Eastern Wyoming College employees worked tirelessly for the past ten years on the accreditation process.  Roger Humphrey was the EWC Liaison working with the Higher Learning Commission while many EWC staff and employees worked on each of the five criteria,” shared Dr. Lesley Travers, EWC President.  “This was a very unique experience in that HLC did most of their visit virtually.  EWC employees joined various Zoom groups participating virtually and responding to the various criteria and questions required of HLC.  One HLC member visited our Torrington and Douglas campus in person.  This was a very different experience for both EWC and HLC.”


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