HLC Town Hall Series

HLC graphicThe HLC Leadership Team wants to thank the Ferris State University community for the incredible input received through the Town Hall series. Between November 2019 and January 2020, the HLC Leadership Team hosted 10 Town Hall sessions, with participants attending at the Big Rapids campus, the KCAD campus, and remotely through Blue Jeans.

These sessions were attended by more than 240 participants and resulted in the collection of hundreds of suggestions, comments, and corrections of fact.

The feedback from the Town Halls is being reviewed by HLC Team editors and changes are being made to the Assurance Argument to strengthen the Ferris story. The HLC Leadership Team appreciates the many faculty, staff, and administrators who invested time to review the draft and participate in this process.

Ferris’ Assurance Argument narrative relies heavily on evidence to support its claims. Evidence curation is in full swing and the HLC Steering Committee will continue to work on filling gaps to present the most complete and accurate representation of Ferris’ alignment with HLC criteria. 

Background on Town Halls

The HLC Steering Committee hosted a Town Hall Series from November through January to engage the university community in the continued development of our HLC Assurance Argument.

The Assurance Argument is the document that will be used by an HLC peer-review team next fall to evaluate our university's compliance with HLC requirements.

The Town Halls served to 1) provide summaries of Criteria for Accreditation, and 2) solicit feedback and recommendations. Many faculty, staff, and administrators worked to develop a draft of the Assurance Argument, which was made available to the Ferris community on November 1, 2019. The Town Halls informed the continuation of the Assurance Argument work and all were encouraged to participate. 

Town Halls that were planned for the Big Rapids and KCAD campuses are listed below. Virtual participation options were provided for those interested in attending remotely.

Criterion Location: Grand Rapids/KCAD Location: Big Rapids
1. Mission Mon, Nov 4, 2019
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
17 Fountain, KCAD Room 212
Tues, Nov 12, 2019
11:00 am - 11:50 am
UCB 202BC
2. Integrity Tues, Nov 19, 2019
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
17 Fountain KCAD Room 212
Thurs, Nov 21, 2019
11:00 am - 11:50 am
UCB 202AB
3 & 4. Teaching and Learning Mon, Dec 2, 2019
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
17 Fountain KCAD Room 212
Tues, Dec 10, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
UCB 202BC
5. Institutional Effectiveness Wed, Jan 15, 2020
11:30 am - 12:20 pm
17 Fountain KCAD Room 212
Thurs, Jan 16, 2020
11:00 am - 11:50 am
UCB 202AB

Information on preparing for the HLC visit can be found at the Reaffirmation of Accreditation 2020 webpage. News and updates are also listed on the page with information from some of the University Wide Notices that have been written on HLC.

To understand university accreditation in general, the Academic Affairs webpage has a section About Accreditation on the left navigation panel.