A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS:
February 23, 2017
The importance of contact with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is paramount to insure that your educational futures are supported. We have worked closely with the HLC to create as many viable opportunities as we can.
The Teach-Out/Transfer procedure for the HLC is centered on the protection of the students. In the past, the HLC supported practices were later found to be detrimental to the students' educational or career goals. When they determine a procedure is not meeting the goal of student success, they alter the procedure. We met, again, with the HLC this week and were informed of a change. Although the changes are not publicized, they are mandating that SJC follow the guidelines.
Teach-Out Receiving Institutions (not SJC): "accept all credits earned by students... count those credits towards a... degree from their institution."
Teach-Out (SJC): Extension of Accreditation is no longer supported by the HLC. This means that the protocol that supported SJC conferring degrees until 12 months after a student left the institution (SJC) is not continuing. The institution you chose as your Teach-Out will be the institution that confers your degree.
It was confirmed that the agreements that are created between SJC and the Teach-Out schools is a legal document and supported by HLC. Our SJC team is ready and willing to work with you individually to create a specific track for each of you. Please continue to visit the Admissions Office to meet with the SJC team and allow them to advocate for you as evaluate your next steps.
I will continue to share information with you. We will do everything we can to make your continued education as equitable and supportive as we can.
Let me know if I can be of assistance.
Chad A. Pulver, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Saint Joseph's College
Rensselaer, IN 47978