UC Blue Ash College

Accreditation | Frequently Asked Questions

Has UC Blue Ash undergone accreditation before?

Yes. The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash has a long history of accreditation, dating back to 1969. Since then, UC Blue Ash has been re-accredited by HLC every ten years following a self-study and campus visit. The last review was in 2009.

I know that UC is undergoing a self-study as part of the accreditation process. What does this self-study involve?

The self-study is a process during which faculty and administrators take a very close look at the entire university, documenting its strengths and its challenges in a written report. Before the writing begins, self-study team members attend campus meetings, conduct interviews, collect research and data, and review important documents. The self-study is a unique opportunity for the university to take stock of itself—celebrating its successes and discovering areas for continued improvement.

Why is attending an accredited college or university important?

There are many good reasons to attend an accredited institution, including:

  • Quality Education: accredited colleges and universities deliver high-quality educational programs.
  • Financial Aid: accredited schools receive student financial aid dollars.
  • Transfer: most schools will only accept transfer credits from an accredited institution.
  • Graduate School: most graduate programs will only accept students with degrees from accredited institution.

When does UC Blue Ash submit its official self study report?

The report will be finished and submitted to HLC in October 2018. An accreditation team will conduct the site visit of UC on February 25 and 26, 2019.

What happens during that visit?

During this visit, a team of consultant-evaluators representing HLC—all of whom are affiliated with an accredited college or university—will interview students, faculty, and staff, read and review documents and data and tour the campus. The purpose of the visit is to validate the evidence and examples contained in the written report (Assurance Argument) and to make recommendations to HLC concerning continued accreditation.

Review these potential questions before the visit to prepare for any discussions you may have with HLC personnel:

  • What are our strengths and challenges?
  • How do we conduct academic and non-academic assessment? And program review?
  • Are our resources adequate to meet our mission?
  • Are faculty in control of the curriculum?
  • In what ways does the college (and university) support faculty development?
  • How does our mission connect with that of the university?
  • Do we know about the University’s strategic plan? Does UCBA have a role in it? 
  • How do we interact with the other colleges in the university? Be ready to share positive examples.
  • How does our academic and non-academic assessment work?
  • How adequate are our resources to meet our mission?
  • How does our mission connect with that of the university?
  • How do we interact with the other colleges? Be ready to share positive examples.

How can I get more involved?

The self-study process is meant to reflect the opinions, values, and experiences of our campus community. In the Fall of 2018, a final draft of the self- study report will be available to the entire UC community on this website. We encourage you to read this draft and to provide feedback. Reminders and updates will be sent to all faculty and staff as drafts become available.

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Phone: 513-745-5600
Email: questions@ucblueash.edu