The Higher Learning Commission has named Joanne Li, Ph.D., CFA, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to its Board of Trustees.
This historic appointment makes Li the first administrator from any University of Nebraska System campus to serve on the board. At the time of her appointment, she will be the only administrator from any post-secondary institution in Nebraska serving on the board and the first from Nebraska to do so since 2017.
"I am both honored and humbled by this opportunity and responsibility to ensure students at institutions nationwide are receiving a high-quality education."
- UNO Chancellor Joanne Li, Ph.D., CFA
“Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission is a hallmark of the quality, evaluation and improvement, and effectiveness of an accredited university’s academic programs, teaching and instruction, and mission,” Chancellor Li said. “I am both honored and humbled by this opportunity and responsibility to ensure students at institutions nationwide are receiving a high-quality education. The HLC’s mission is critical in preparing students well to serve as the nation’s next generation workforce, furthering the academic missions of institutions nationwide, and ensuring a quality education. This complements UNO’s mission as we work together to strengthen the social mobility of our nation's learners."
The board is comprised of 16 university administrators and community leaders from institutions and communities across the nation. It deliberates on and takes official action on recommendations for institutions including placement on notice or probation, removal of placement on notice or probation, application for candidacy or initial accreditation, withdrawal of accreditation, and other actions.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) serves as an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. More than 950 degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions nationwide have received HLC accreditation. All campuses in the University of Nebraska System and nearly all two- and four-year institutions statewide are HLC accredited.
UNO has been continuously accredited by the HLC since 1939 with its accreditation most recently being reaffirmed in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Li’s four-year term officially begins on September 1, 2022.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.