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4 Feb 2013

Van Andel Institute Graduate School seeks third party comments

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Call for comments part of Higher Learning Commission accreditation

Grand Rapids, Mich. (February 4, 2013) – Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology of human disease. VAIGS is seeking accreditation from Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  VAIGS was granted status as a candidate for accreditation in November 2011.  As part of the accreditation process, VAIGS invites comments from the public prior to an on-site evaluation visit by a team from HLC.  Comments can be submitted online or by mail and are due by February 25, 2013.

Colleges and universities in the United States can voluntarily seek accreditation from nongovernmental bodies.  The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional organizations that conducts institutional accreditation.  To make the accreditation process responsive to a broad range of constituents, HLC has integrated into its regular accrediting processes the third-party comment process mandated by the federal Higher Education Act Amendments.

Comments should address substantive matters related to the quality of VAIGS and its academic programs, should include the name and address of the person(s) providing the comments and will not be treated as confidential.  Comments must be submitted by February 25, 2013 and can be submitted either online at http://www.ncahlc.org/information-for-the-public/third-party-comment.html or by regular mail to:

Public Comment on Van Andel Institute Graduate School
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Further information about the Higher Learning Commission can be obtained through their website at www.ncahlc.org.  The VAIGS website is found at http://www.vai.org/vaei/graduate-school.aspx.

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About VAEI
Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996, Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent research and educational organization based in Grand Rapids, Mich., dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the frontiers of medical science, and to achieving excellence in education by probing fundamental issues of education and the learning process.  Through programs that provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities across the entire educational spectrum – from elementary through graduate school to the professional development level – Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI), VAI’s education arm,  is dedicated to strengthening science education and preparing and motivating individuals to pursue science-related professions. Find out more about Van Andel Institute or donate 100% to Research, Discovery & HopeSM by visiting www.vai.org