Taking the UW-Parkside self-study to the community
When University of Wisconsin-Parkside faculty, staff, and students next get the opportunity to comment on the accreditation self-study, other voices will also be heard.
The Communications/Logistics Working Group, led by chair John Jaraczewski, will carry the second draft of the document to selected community groups and individuals asking for their comments.
Jaraczewski, who serves as assistant chancellor for University Relations, said an email is being created briefly explaining accreditation with links to the self-study through CommentPress and an attached PDF.
"We're going to distribute that email to the leaders of our various external community groups--our advisory boards, the foundation board--and we're going to invite their feedback," said Jaraczewski. "We're also going to ask cabinet members to recommend people in the community that we would make a special request to for their comments, people who--because of their abilities, their insights, their ideas--have made valuable contributions to the university and we know they would be valuable to this process."
That means members of the College of Business, Economics, and Computing Advisory Board, the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board, and others will be asked to read and comment on the self-study. And while they examine the study, they will get a better understanding of UW-Parkside and its mission.
"They're going to learn about our university in ways theymight never have realized," Jaraczewski stated.
Understanding that the size of the self-study, at well over 250 pages, may be daunting to some community members, Jaraczewski said some self-study readers will be asked to look at and comment on portions of the study.
"We're going to give them the whole document but we're going to outline what the key takeaways are in each chapter and point them to those [chapters] that might be of the most interest to them as an arts and humanities board member, as a university foundation board member and so forth," he said.Draft two of the Higher Learning Commission self-study is expected to be available in mid-November.