Needed: Your self-study comments, recommendations
The university's countdown to the Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) spring 2013 campus visit is on, and now through mid-December is the "Last Chance Feedback Period." This time, UW-Parkside faculty, staff, students, and the community are being asked to give their comments on the second and final draft of the university's self-study. The updated draft is now available on the university web site.
Along with a sharp eye out for typos, grammar, and punctuation, HLC co-chair Kim Kelley said she'd like readers on and off campus to focus on whether the document demonstrates that the university is fulfilling its goals.
"This round of reviews is to ensure the document demonstrates everything that is evidence of how we achieve our mission," Kelley stated. "We need the community to share their perspective and remind us of what we should include to make sure the document is thorough and accurate."
As with the last round of comments, you are not being asked to read the entire 241 page document. Read only the chapters of greatest interest to you. The revised 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
Co-chair Rob Barber said he doesn't expect readers to find many grammatical errors or words omitted at this point. The concentration now, he said, is on polishing the document and on emphasizing our strengths to the HLC Visiting Team.
"The current draft of the self-study offers a great perspective on what we do well and where we still have some challenges. We need reviewer input to help set priorities in the next strategic plan so that we can sustain what we do well and address our challenges," Barber said.The self-study is now available online. Comments and recommendations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 10. The finished document will then be printed and sent to the Higher Learning Commission in preparation for the Visiting Team's stay April 28-May 1.