Countdown: 47 days to HLC accreditation visit
The final self-study document has been submitted to the Higher Learning Commission and now we look forward to the accreditation visit.
The UW-Parkside campus has been assigned a liaison, Eric Martin, and a review team consisting of six members, by the Higher Learning Commission. These individuals are already in the process of reviewing our self-study report and its related evidence.
From April 28th to May 1st, 2013, the review team will be on campus to conduct the next step of our accreditation review process. During their time here, the review team will be visiting with representative groups and different areas of the campus in order to ask questions of administrators, students, faculty, and staff members to get their perspectives on campus progress toward meeting the HLC criteria.
Everyone plays a role in the accreditation process. During the site visit, you may be a participant in one of the group meetings, or you may be approached by a reviewer to talk about the campus and the self-study.
Here is what you can do to prepare:
1) Think about your role on campus. How does your work contribute to accomplishing the HLC's five criteria for providing a quality education?
2) Get any questions you have about accreditation answered on the FAQ page of the UW-Parkside HLC Website.
3) Visit the Preparing for the HLC Visit page of the UW-Parkside HLC Website. Here you will be able to:
a) Make yourself familiar with our mission, vision and values
b) Review the self-study quick facts page
d) Review the institution's data snapshot
4) Learn about the conclusions drawn from the self-study by visiting the Future Directions page of the UW-Parkside HLC website.
5) Attend one of the visit prep meetings occurring in the months of March and April 2013
Accreditation is important to UW-Parkside because it serves as an indicator of quality for the public and our peers. It enables the university to disperse federal financial aid and promotes self-examination and continuous improvement as a means to achieve excellence.
It is important that you understand what has been learned through the self-study process. We ask that you please take some time to review the materials, and attend an appropriate preparatory meeting in March and April. This way you can obtain answers to your questions and familiarize yourself with our accreditation-related documents prior to the on-campus visit.
Thank you for your willingness to participate in this process and assist the review team while they visit our campus.