The Higher Learning Commission's online Assurance System is available to member institutions in the Standard, AQIP, and Open Pathways. Within the Assurance System, designated individuals from each institution have access to their institution's site, including the Evidence File and either the Assurance Argument (Standard and Open Pathways) or the Systems Portfolio (AQIP Pathway).

For institutions on all Pathways, the Evidence File is where the institution uploads evidence that documents how it meets the Criteria for Accreditation and other Commission expectations such as Federal Compliance requirements and the AQIP categories, if applicable.  Although the Evidence File primarily holds materials uploaded from the institution itself, the Commission also contributes pertinent materials from its records.

The Assurance Argument is where Standard and Open Pathway institutions provide narrative that makes the case that they meet the Criteria for Accreditation.  The Systems Portfolio is where AQIP Pathway institutions provide narrative that demonstrates their efforts related to the AQIP Categories and the Criteria for Accreditation.  Institutions in all Pathways link their narratives to supporting documents in the Evidence File. When applicable, the Commission activates additional “Forms” in the Assurance System where the institution provides evidence demonstrating that it meets other Commission expectations such as Eligibility Requirements, Assumed Practices, and Federal Compliance requirements, as applicable.  

For assistance, visit Assurance System Training.