This letter is in response to the recent media stories concerning the accreditation
status of Chicago State University. We appreciate your concerns. Contrary to what
you may have heard, I want to reassure you that CSU is fully accredited by the Higher
Learning Commission (HLC), and your CSU degree is valid and recognized by colleges
and universities, governmental agencies and private organizations across the nation.
What has led to the controversy are concerns the HLC has raised about recruitment,
retention and graduation rates of first time, full-time freshmen students, a group
that represents 6% of the current students enrolled at CSU. To clarify, data regarding
graduation and retention rates is based on first time, full-time freshmen students
as required by the U.S. Department of Education. However, you should know that we
value the education of all freshmen, continuing, and transfer students at Chicago
State University. In the fiscal year of 2009, there were 1,026 degrees conferred.
What can you do to help? Get accurate information from your dean, department chairperson,
or Office of Enrollment Services. Next, value your education, strive for excellence,
and be proud of Chicago State University.
Thank you very much for your concern.
Sandra Westbrooks, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for
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