HLC self-study: Yes! Your comments are important
In the countdown to the Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) campus visit in spring 2013, September 2012 is "Feedback Month." This is the time for UW-Parkside faculty, staff, students, and the community to comment on the first draft of the university's self-study which is now available on the web site.
Providing feedback doesn't have to be a time consuming process.
"I brought up Commentpress and started reading and I noticed something and thought, 'Well, I should let them know about this," said University Relations and Advancement Program Assistant Karen Grabher. "I went over on the side and typed in a few thoughts that I had about what I was reading and went on from there. It was easy."
At 246 pages in length, UW-Parkside's self-study document can seem daunting. Here's a tip to make it easier: don't read the entire document. You need only read the chapters of greatest interest to you. Again, the chapters are:
- Chapter 1: Mission
- Chapter 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
- Chapter 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
- Chapter 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
- Chapter 5: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
And your comments don't have to be about the data in the report. If you have a question about the grammar used in the self-study or if you find a typo or a word used in the wrong tense, we want to know. The more eyes we have on the study, the better.
This is also your chance to add content.
"If you find some glaring omission when you're reading; if you say, 'Wait a minute, I did this good thing and it should be in here,' you can type it in Commentpress and the committee will review it and possibly include it in the study," Grabher said.
She urged everyone to provide feedback because the self-study represents everyone at the university.
After September, October will be used to revise the self-study and November will be your last opportunity to provide feedback on the revised document. Final revisions are made in December before the study goes to print and is sent to the HLC visiting team.
Let us hear from you!