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Public comment on Lawrence Tech sought as part of evaluation process

Release Date: May 11, 2010

Southfield, Michigan – Members of the public are invited to submit comments regarding the quality of Lawrence Technological University and its academic programs as part of a comprehensive evaluation that Lawrence Tech will undergo by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A team representing the Higher Learning Commission will visit the Southfield campus October 18-20 as part of the evaluation process.

Accreditation is a voluntary process of critical self-analysis and internal and external quality review that Lawrence Tech undergoes every 10 years. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. It accredits about 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. Other agencies accredit specific programs within institutions.

Lawrence Tech has been accredited by the commission since 1967.

Since early 2008, a self-study steering committee and numerous faculty and staff members have been engaged in a comprehensive self-study examining how the University’s academic programs, strategic planning, learning environment, scholarship, and community engagement that address the Commission’s five criteria for accreditation. An external evaluation team will visit the campus to determine that the self-study is thorough and accurate and to offer advice on how the University may extend and sustain its mission. Following this review process, the Commission will decide whether to extend Lawrence Tech’s accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments about Lawrence Tech to:

Public Comment on Lawrence Technological University
The Higher Learning Commission
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60602

Stakeholders are invited to submit comments using the Higher Learning Commission’s online form, which can be accessed at www.accreditation.ltu.edu .

Comments must be received by September 18, 2010, and must address substantive matters related to the quality of Lawrence Tech or its academic programs. Comments will not be treated as confidential and should include the name, address and telephone number of the person providing them. Comments submitted after the due date will not be considered.

The Higher Learning Commission does not settle disputes between individuals and institutions. Complaints will not be considered third-party comment. Individuals who have disputes or grievances should request a copy of the policy on complaints from the Commission’s office.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.