The University of Wisconsin-Superior is making adequate progress becoming a liberal arts university, the Higher Learning Commission reports.
Earlier this month the commission accepted a UWS report showing its progress in supporting a liberal arts mission since 2003, when the commission found that the university hadn't completed the job of becoming a liberal arts college.
To help complete the transformation, UWS will implement several initiatives next fall, including adding student opportunities in academic service learning, expanding global awareness and adding a senior experience for all students.
We're doing a good job of implementing the liberal arts mission and this (letter) is an indication of that." said UWS Chancellor Julius Erlenbach in a news release.
The Higher Education Commission accredits colleges and universities in the north central United States. It has accredited UWS since 1916. The commission renewed UWS's accreditation for 10 years in 2003.
Prior to the 2003 reaccreditation, UWS asked the commission for a more exhaustive examination of the school than nor-mal.
Following an April 2003 visit to the school, a team of commission consultants reported that the growth in non-liberal arts majors and the fact that most UWS graduates are receiving non-liberal arts degrees "suggests the curricular focus and revisions necessary to truly provide a liberal arts education are not in place at this time."
The team recommended a 2008-09 visit focused specifically on UWS's liberal arts work.
The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, according to the association Web site.