The Higher Learning Commission has affirmed that Marquette meets the
commission's criteria for accreditation and has scheduled the next
comprehensive evaluation for 2023-24. A brief of the HLC report is available, which provides a synopsis of the team's evaluations, major conclusions and recommendations.
The evaluation is based on five primary criteria: (1) Mission; (2) Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; (3) Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support; (4) Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; and (5) Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. Each criterion includes multiple core components and subcomponents. The site visit team is required to render a determination for each of the five criteria, as well as for each core component, indicating that it is either (a) Met, (b) Met with concerns, or (c) Not met. In addition, the team reviewed evidence to ensure Marquette was in compliance with federal requirements.
The team reported perceived strengths around Marquette as a mission-driven university; sound fiscal stewardship; commitment to maintaining a physical environment that supports curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities; a strong faculty that "lives" the mission and helps "guide and shape" students for their roles in society; an improved culture of assessment; and an enhanced shared governance system designed to foster greater collaboration. The only component to receive a determination of "Met with concerns" was diversity. HLC has requested the university provide a monitoring report on the development of a campus-wide diversity plan by June 2015, which is already under development.