Next: Comments? Yes; Recommendations? Yes, please!
When the second draft of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside self-study is presented to the campus, faculty, staff, and students will once again be asked to comment on its content. Perhaps, we'll even get to meet the "Most Interesting Ranger on Campus" again!
The people who will eventually present the self-study to the Higher Learning Commission, however, are looking for something more.
"We'll actually be asking the campus not only to comment on the document but we'll have a whole new and exciting opportunity for you: We'll be asking the campus to provide recommendations," said Kim Kelley, co-chair of the accreditation effort.
The second draft will be less about correcting grammar, fixing typos, and fine tuning punctuation and more about generating ideas and defining goals.
"[A] big aspect of the next round is to generate recommendations based upon the self-study," said accreditation co-chair Rob Barber. "We would like to include three or four tenable goals or recommendations we could set. That would subsequently help us inform the strategic plan."
Barber said at this point, with one round of comments and edits nearly completed, it would be surprising to get new and differing feedback.
"We're not starting from scratch in November," he said, adding, "We're looking for another level the second time around."
Barber and Kelley said the university won't be shy about venturing away from campus with draft two of the self-study. They plan to present the document to community stakeholders, legislators, and other interest groups for their comments and recommendations.The second draft of the UW-Parkside self-study is expected to be ready for review in mid-November.