Self-study deadline: Dec. 10, new chapter added!
The window of opportunity is rapidly closing for comment on the university's self-study to be presented to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Comments and recommendations--especially comments on the study's new chapter--are being accepted through Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The second draft is now available on the university web site.
"We added a new chapter, the introduction, and we'd very much appreciate feedback on this chapter," said HLC co-chair Kim Kelley. "It's less than 10 pages so that should make it more manageable."
Kelley said she would like those who review the self-study to focus on whether the document demonstrates 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," she said. "We need the community to? remind us of what we should include to make sure the document is thorough and accurate."
At 236 pages, the self-study isn't the New York City phonebook but it can seem daunting. Solution? Kelley and co-chair Rob Barber say read only the chapters that interest you.
Barber said, at this point, "typos" aren't a big concern. The concern is 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," Barber said. "We need?input to help set priorities in the next strategic plan so that we can sustain what we do well and address our challenges."
The finished document, including the new chapter, will be sent to the Higher Learning Commission. The HLC Visiting Team is on campus April 28-May 1.