Delivering on Our Promise A Message from Val Slaymaker, PhD, chief academic officer and provost On October 31, the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies will welcome a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to campus. The site visit is a key component of our accreditation renewal cycle, along with our invitation to the public earlier this fall to submit comments about the quality of our academic programs to the HLC. As you may know, the graduate school has been accredited by the HLC since 2007. Assuring Quality & Access Accreditation by the HLC signifies that the graduate school meets established standards for excellence and quality in higher education. Specifically, HLC standards require institutions of higher learning to: publically declare a mission that guides operations conduct operations in ways that are ethical and responsible provide high-quality education assess student learning and use data to continuously improve operate with the resources necessary for mission fulfillment and plan for the future Beyond quality assurance, accreditation determines a school's eligibility for federal financial aid programs. This aspect is of vital importance to us because the majority of our students receive some level of financial assistance. HLC accreditation assures students, academics, clinicians, the entire treatment field and the public at large that we are, indeed, delivering on our promise of providing high quality education. Online in All 50 States With the recent addition of the state of Wisconsin, the graduate school is now approved to offer online courses in all 50 states. Achieving this authorization coast-to-coast has been no small feat as every state in the nation sets its own requirements. We developed a handy guide so you can look into which of our online offerings are authorized in your state of residency. Pass It On Addiction counselors are in demand at treatment clinics, detox centers, hospitals, sober residences, schools and correctional facilities—and the need is growing. There's no better place to prepare for a career as an addiction professional than the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. As an alum, please share your graduate school experience with others who might have an interest in becoming an addiction counselor. Of course you're always invited back to school, too, to take a course or enroll in a program to enhance your career.