Accreditation at Kettering University

In September 2017, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducted a Year 4 Comprehensive Evaluation at Kettering, a standard requirement that includes an assurance report (previously known as a self-study) and a campus visit.  

The entrance to Kettering University features sculpted artwork.

Institutional Accreditation

Kettering University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In July 2014, the HLC continued our accreditation through 2023-24.

2017 Year 4 Comprehensive Evaluation – September 11-12

The Year 4 Assurance Report  was submitted in August 2017. The HLC response report is available here.

Kettering University Applied Biology work closely with students in the lab.

Accreditation Team

Dr. Robert K. McMahan, President

Dr. McMahan oversees all institutional accreditation at the University.

Dr. James Z. Zhang, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dr. Zhang oversees all program accreditation at the University.

Ms. Betsy Homsher, Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students

Ms. Homsher serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission and is second in the line of communication with the HLC (after the President) regarding policies, practices, and other institutional accreditation matters. She also disseminates information and answers questions within Kettering about HLC accreditation.

Dr. Kathryn Svinarich, Associate Provost for Assessment & Academic Support

Dr. Svinarich provides critical assessment leadership to the university, serves as the chair of the University Committee on Accreditation & Assessment, and is responsible for establishing and supporting a process of institution-wide continual self-evaluation and improvement.

Kettering University's Committee on Accreditation and Assessment

University Committee on Accreditation & Assessment

The University Committee on Accreditation & Assessment (UCAA) provides critical assessment leadership to the university and is responsible for establishing and supporting a process of institution-wide continual self-evaluation and improvement. The committee oversees and assists academic and administrative units in conducting ongoing assessment activities with the goal of improving retention and graduation, student learning, student development, and university services/operations. It operates transparently, and engages stakeholders from across the institution.

The UCAA has the following charge:

  • Define and lead the implementation of university institutional effectiveness assessment policies and procedures;
  • Oversee and review the adequacy and timeliness of academic program reviews and unit assessment results;
  • Provide a comprehensive annual report to the President documenting strengths and weaknesses of the university’s overall effort in assessment and institutional effectiveness;
  • Provide guidance to the President and the Cabinet on ways to effectively link assessment of University Learning Outcomes and the co-op experience to planning and budgeting.

The UCAA committee is chaired by Dr. Kathryn Svinarich (810-762-7949 or

Kettering University Computer Science faculty work with students during lab time.

Faculty Senate Committee on Assessment

The Faculty Senate Assessment Committee, established in December 2015, is charged with assessing University Learning Outcomes across departments and disciplines.

During 2016, the committee assessed three University Learning Outcomes: teamwork, quantitative reasoning, and foundation in the liberal arts.