November 12, 2019

Public comments invited on SIU Carbondale’s reaccreditation

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

As a part of the re-accreditation process, the faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community have an opportunity to provide comments on the university and its academic programs directly to HLC. HLC accreditation covers all areas of the university, including the SIU School of Medicine. One of six regional accreditation bodies in the United States, the HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in a 19-state region that includes Illinois. The university’s most recent accreditation was 2009-2010.

SIU Carbondale’s on-site accreditation visit is set for Feb. 17, 2020.

The comments sent directly to HLC are referred to as “Third Party Comments” and should address substantive matters related to the university’s quality or its academic programs. HLC will compile the comments into a report that will be forwarded to the review team and the university before the on-site visit. Comments can be submitted using an online form or mailed to the following address:

Third-Party Comment on Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Comments are due one month before the Higher Learning Commission’s on-site Feb. 17, 2020 visit.

A draft of the university’s “Assurance Argument” or self-study report is also available for review.

More information on the university’s accreditation process and related material is at, by phone at 618/453-7653 or email at