The HLC Self-study Steering Committee will manage UW-Parkside's reaccreditation effort by leading the self-study process. The Steering Committee will coordinate the preparation and completion of the self-study document into a cohesive and meaningful reflection of the institution on the five evaluative criteria for reaccreditation. The Steering Committee will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the work of the five criteria working groups and the resource working groups in order to ensure adherence to the self-study timeline. The Committee will review the self-study document and supporting evidence to ensure they address the criteria set forth by HLC, and it will recommend to the Leadership Committee final approval of self-study document. The HLC Steering Committee will be committed to effective internal communication within the university community throughout the self-study process. It will report to and communicate with the Leadership Committee, keeping it informed on progress in developing and completing the self-study.
The five criteria working groups form the foundation for the self-study process. The Criteria Working groups will be charged with preparing thoughtful and thorough review and analysis of UW-Parkside's achievement of the five the criterion for accreditation. They will provide the HLC Self-Study Steering Committee with a proposed work plan for researching, analyzing and drafting the document chapters in keeping with the self-study timeline. The work plan will include data required to provide evidence of compliance with the accreditation standards. The work plan will also identify the key units, departments and standing committees that the committee will consult with through the process.
The Criteria Working groups will provide regular progress reports to the Steering Committee, through the chairs who will also serve on the Steering Committee. The working groups are responsible for ensuring that all UW-Parkside stakeholders (alumni, students, faculty, staff, community members, etc.) have the opportunity to provide input to draft documents. While the working groups should ideally have eight to ten members, they will work closely with relevant units and departments and with standing administrative and governance committees.
The institution's mission is clear, articulated publicly, and appropriate to an institution of higher education.
This working group will be responsible for gathering evidence and evaluating the consistency, clarity, articulation and fulfillment of its mission.
The institution fulfills its mission ethically and responsibly.
The institution provides high quality academic programs, wherever and however its offerings are delivered (on the main campus, at additional locations, by distance delivery, as dual credit, through contractual or consortial arrangements).
The institution assures the quality of its academic programs and evaluate their effectiveness through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
The institution's resources are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
The Resource Working Groups will work directly with the Steering Committee to provide support for the self-study process. Ideally, there should be five to six individuals serving on these working groups that will need to meet frequently at different times during the self-study process.
The role of the Document Design and Editing Working Group is to coordinate the format, design, development, and editing of the self-study in coordination with the Steering Committee. The working group will ensure that the final self-study document is organized and written with a single voice, as developed from the Criteria Committees draft chapters.
The role of the Communications and Logistics Working Group is to educate the campus and the community about the HLC self-study process, with the ultimate goal of making the process inclusive and fun. The working group will oversee the logistics associated with hosting the HLC visiting team at UW-Parkside.
The role of the Data and Resources Working Group is to provide information for the self-study working groups on the data sources available at UW-Parkside to obtain evidence relevant to the self-study process and to develop new or additional data in support of the self-study process as requested. Devise the approach for collecting and presenting data and financial information for the campus community and the visiting team for the self-study.