The Evaluation Process

Butler's programs are being reviewed under the HLC's Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) criteria to maintain its accreditation status. PEAQ employs a five-step comprehensive evaluation process to determine continued accredited status.

  1. The institution engages in a self-study process for approximately two years and prepares a report of its findings in accordance with Commission expectations.
  2. The Commission sends an evaluation team of Consultant-Evaluators to conduct a comprehensive visit for continued accreditation and to write a report containing the team's recommendations.
  3. The documents relating to the comprehensive visit are reviewed by a Readers Panel or, in some situations, a Review Committee.
  4. A decision-making body takes action on the Reader's Panel recommendation.
  5. In certain circumstances, the Commission's Board of Trustees takes final action.