How to Prepare for DU’s Upcoming Visit

DU will undergo its comprehensive evaluation on October 19-20, 2020. Six peer reviewers will visit virtually and one peer reviewer will visit in-person.

Review Draft Assurance Arguments

In preparation for the visit and to ensure a successful reaffirmation, we need your help. Below are the drafts of our assurance argument for you to read. There are five criteria, and therefore five documents, that make up our assurance argument. We encourage you to read all of them, but to respect your time, we have included a chart (below) that details the focus areas of each criterion so that you can focus on the sections that are directly relevant to your role at the University.



Complete Canvas Accreditation Module

Prior to October 10, we encourage all community members to take the Canvas module on Preparing for the HLC Visit. You will find practice discussion questions, details about the visit schedule and more. 


Focus Areas by Criterion


Topics of Focus

Criterion 1: Mission

Mission and Vision; DU IMPACT 2025 and Chancellor’s Strategic Imperatives; Public Good; Community Engagement; Civic Engagement; Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity.

Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

Financial Integrity; Academic Integrity (including misconduct processes); Human Resources; Board of Trustees; Marketing and Communications; Institutional Research; Data transparency and communication; Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression; Research integrity.  

Criterion 3:

Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

Program Review; Course Approval Process; Leaning Outcomes (undergraduate and graduate level); Consistency across course delivery modes; General Education; Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity; Student Research; Faculty Qualifications, Professional Development and Support; Student Support Staff Qualifications and Professional Development.

Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

Program Review; Transfer Credit Processes; Course Prerequisite Processes; External Accreditations; Evaluation of Graduates’ Success; Assessment; Student Retention, Persistence and Completion. 

Criterion 5: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Shared Governance; Staff Qualifications; Infrastructure to Support Operations; Budget Process; Budget Monitoring Process; Allocation of Resources; Strategic Planning Processes and Implementation.



Contact Vice Provost Karas or Alex Lustig.