Preparation continues for the reaffirmation of accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission in October 2020. Following HLC’s Open Pathway process, the evidence is being gathered and compiled to craft an assurance argument that will demonstrate how the institution meets and exceeds the five criteria for accreditation, assumed practices, and federal compliance requirements.
The Quality Initiative, a requirement for Open Pathway institutions, was launched in fall 2016. The wide array of projects in support of the development of an Academic Literacies Center and decentralized support for retention, learning, and an effective learning environment will continue from 2016 through the end of 2019, with the report being submitted in early spring semester 2020. The evidence emerging from these 33 projects will be vital to the University’s aggregating contemporary evidence in support of accreditation criteria that in part focus on Quality, Completion, Support for Learning, Integrity, and more.
Looking forward to 2020, the University is well-positioned for another successful visit in October 2020 due to its comprehensive evaluation data on all aspects of the University’s programs and services, especially its assessment of student learning at both the course and program levels, as well as it is complemented with systems designed to produce the required evidence.