Chancellor Phil di StefanoCU Boulder has marked over 100 years as an accredited institution of higher learning, first accredited in 1913. The upcoming decennial accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the integrity and quality of our mission, resources and teaching through self-evaluation and self-review. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the campus to learn about itself and identify areas of strength and improvement.

Accreditation review takes place every 10 years and requires a comprehensive evaluation of the university's programs, policies and practices. In December 2019, a team of leading educators will visit CU Boulder to review the university as a whole and provide recommendations for continued improvement. In addition, the process will produce a written report for campus review at the close of the 2018-19 academic year, and the final report will be posted in fall 2019.

The campus’s current visioning processes are crucial elements of accreditation that will be incorporated into our self-examination. These important visions and initiatives include Academic Futures; Foundations of Excellence; the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan; the Unified Student Experience initiative and the Campus Master Plan.

Accreditation involves the efforts of a large number and a broad range of faculty, staff and students (both undergraduate and graduate) as active, involved voices and contributors. We welcome the participation of all campus voices in this vital process that will guide us as we forge the future path of the university. We will advise you of participation opportunities through campus communication channels as we move ahead with accreditation this year.

Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder