Criteria for Accreditation

Criterion 1


Core Components

Criterion 2

Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

Core Components

Criterion 3

Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

Core Components

Criterion 4

Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

Core Components

Criterion 5

Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning

Core Components

Preparatory Questions for Campus Stakeholders

On March 13 and 14, 2023, the HLC review team will be visiting our campus for the 10-year comprehensive review. During the visit, they will meet with several campus leaders and stakeholders. The visit team may also informally interact with people they meet on campus. The following are some sample questions the HLC visit team may ask the stakeholders they meet. The visit team may use the discussions with campus stakeholders to gain additional insights into the claims made in the HLC 2023 self-study (Assurance Argument) and determine whether our campus meets the Criteria for Accreditation.

As you meet the HLC peer review team in any setting, address their questions to the best of your knowledge. In your interactions with the peer review team, be honest about your experiences at UW-Parkside. HLC accreditation visit is an opportunity to discuss the work done in the past 10 years on our campus and to seek opportunities for continuous improvement. Be available, be helpful, and be polite.

  • What is HLC accreditation and why is it important?
  • Have you read UW-Parkside’s HLC 2023 self-study in part or fully?
  • What is UW-Parkside’s mission?
  • Do you know where you would find UW-Parkside’s mission and vision statements?
  • What is the mission of your college/unit?
  • How does you or your college/unit’s vision align with and contribute to UW-Parkside’s mission?
  • What are UW-Parkside’s current strategic priorities?
  • What are UW-Parkside’s greatest strengths?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing UW-Parkside?
  • What makes UW-Parkside unique?
  • How would you describe the campus climate for diversity?
  • How do you describe campus morale?
  • What have been some changes at UW-Parkside in the past ten years? In your view, are these changes positive?
  • Describe some of the campus processes that you are involved in and whether/how they can be improved.
  • Do you know how the accreditation process works?
  • Do you know where to find the HLC 2023 self-study (assurance argument) report?
  • Were you given an opportunity to review the HLC 2023 self-study report and provide feedback?
  • Did you know that the accreditation team was coming?
  • Are students getting the educational quality in terms of courses and degrees that were publicized in the catalog, marketing materials, and the website?
  • Do students get the courses they need to graduate in time?
  • Is UW-Parkside’s website information accurate in terms of student support services and academics?
  • How are new programs and policies approved? Do they follow the campus governance processes in a transparent manner?
  • Do you know where to obtain class schedules and degree program requirements for different programs?
  • Do you know where to find the University policies including those for faculty, academic staff, and students?
  • Do university policies/processes engage all relevant stakeholders for decision making?
  • How does UW-Parkside engage in efforts to recruit diverse student population?
  • What efforts does UW-Parkside undertake to promote retention of diverse student population?
  • What efforts does UW-Parkside undertake for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty?
  • Does UW-Parkside offer courses/programs to support diversity?
  • What are your department/units’ diversity efforts related to student recruitment, faculty recruitment and support?
  • What steps is UW-Parkside taking to promote a diverse and inclusive learning environment?
  • What are the best things about UW-Parkside?
  • What are the strengths of UW-Parkside or strengths of your department/unit?
  • What are some weaknesses of UW-Parkside or the weaknesses of your department/unit?
  • What are some opportunities and threats of UW-Parkside or the opportunities and threats of your department/unit?
  • How do you describe the morale of faculty and staff at UW-Parkside?
  • What is the most significant change in the university in the past ten years (or since you have been here)?
  • What concerns do you have about UW-Parkside moving forward?
  • What support does UW-Parkside provide for teaching and learning?
  • How do you work to promote quality in your classes and educational programs?
  • How do you ensure that AA, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees have appropriate learning goals and are different from each other?
  • What input do you get from your advisory board?
  • Do you have enough technology support, labs, library support, performance spaces, museum collections, etc. for teaching and to promote student learning?
  • Are you evaluated regularly (as per UW-Parkside policies) on your teaching and given opportunities for improve your teaching?
  • Do you have opportunities to share your teaching methods and learn from peers at UW-P or in the UW System?
  • How do students obtain academic advising?
  • Do you engage in high-impact practices for teaching and learning (e.g., internships/field experiences, CBL projects, undergraduate research, study abroad, learning communities etc.)
  • For online teaching, do you receive training to teach?
  • Do you follow quality principles for online courses (e.g., QM reviews)?
  • Do you have instructional designers and other support for online courses?
  • Do you have support for creating multimedia course materials (e.g., videos and audios) for online courses?
  • How is teaching evaluated and integrated in policies for merit, tenure, and promotion?
  • Describe your department assessment program?
  • How are faculty/staff involved in course or program assessment process?
  • How do you share the results of assessment within your department and with the university?
  • How has course/program assessment within your unit changed over recent years?
  • Give examples of how you used assessment results for program improvement?
  • Do you participate in assessment showcase?
  • Do you discuss assessment results with other faculty?
  • What campus committees and support structures help with assessment?
  • What are the goals of UW-Parkside’s general education program?
  • How does UW-P assure its General Education program is high quality?
  • How do Gened courses get approved and reviewed?
  • What are the campus committees that work with the General education program?
  • What policies are in place at UW-Parkside and in your department to promote scholarly and pedagogical research and creative activity?
  • How does your department and UW-Parkside support faculty research and creative activity?
  • What type of funding is available for faculty and staff to present/publish their research and creative activity?
  • What policies are in place for research projects related to human subjects?
  • How is research evaluated and integrated in policies for merit, tenure, and promotion?
  • What significant changes occurred to your department/program in the past 10 years?
  • What impact did these changes have on your program/department?
  • What are the trends in student enrollment? How are these trends changing?
  • Has the student recruitment increased or declined or stabilized?
  • Which programs are growing in your department and which programs are not growing?
  • For programs that are not growing, what steps are you taking to improve?
  • Have you gone through a program review (or review by a specialized accreditor) in the past 10 years?
  • How are you responding to the changes suggested by the program review?
  • How do you recruit students to your institution?
  • How do you describe your program to prospective students?
  • What are the demographics of your students?
  • How do you support your students in their learning and their non-academic needs (e.g., counseling, financial aid, career coaching, etc.)?
  • If you work in admissions, PARC, financial aid, registration, technology services, academic and career center, success coaching, veteran student support, student health center, residence life, dining services, what is your specific role to help students?
  • What areas students like about the service you offer?
  • What areas students like to see improved?
  • Describe your financial aid process?
  • What are some of the challenges you face in providing student support services?
  • What are your most proud accomplishments in the past few years?
  • What improvements would you like to see in the next few years?
  • What are you most concerned about in providing student support services?
  • How are you participating in the university processes (e.g., program approvals, continuous improvement, etc.) and in the planning for the future of the university?
  • Are you aware of the campus governance processes and committees and how to provide feedback (based on your role)?
  • Do you have an opportunity to give feedback to your department, college and campus administration?
  • Does staff have an opportunity to provide input to the administration?
  • How do faculty and staff communicate with the deans, provost and the chancellor?
  • How do you hear about the Board of Regents’ work and the work of the UW System administration?
  • Why did you choose UW-Parkside?
  • What expectations did you have for UW-Parkside?
  • Did UW-Parkside meet your expectations?
  • Would you recommend UW-Parkside to other students?
  • Are you getting the education you wanted?
  • What are your experiences with academic advising?
  • When you needed support, did you know how to get help with the following?
    • academic support
    • career planning
    • personal counseling
    • technology support
    • support for disabilities
  • Did you use tutoring services? What have been your experiences with tutoring services?
  • Did you use the library? What have been your experiences with the library?
  • What is your experience with the following university services: dining services, the health center, gym?
  • What do you think is special about UW-Parkside education?
  • What do you like best about UW-Parkside? What would you change if you could?
  • Did you transfer any credits to UW-Parkside? What were your experiences with transferring credits?
  • How easy/difficult is it for you to get the answers you need, when you need them?
  • Have you used the advising and career center? Do you attend career events (internship fairs or career fairs)? What has been your experience with career events?
  • If you are an adult, non-traditional student, what support do you receive?
  • What opportunities do you have for engaging with the community in your coursework or outside?
  • Do you participate in any student clubs? What has been experience with student clubs?
  • Do you know about financial aid and how to obtain financial aid?
  • What has been your experience with financial aid process?
  • Do you know where to look up graduation requirements and how to find out where you stand with graduation requirements?

How to Provide Feedback on HLC Self-Study?

Method 1

Leave feedback in the HLC Campus Review Canvas Course: HLC Campus Review Course (

Method 2

You can find the chapters at the following link:  Chapter Narrative PDFs - Qualtrics (links to an external site).

Once you review the chapters, you can give feedback through the Qualtrics survey (links to an external site).

The deadline for providing feedback via the Qualtrics survey is January 22, 2023.

Method 3

In Person during campuswide presentations (see Campus communication for a presentation schedule)

Campus Presentations


Presenter: Rob Ducoffe

Synopsis - Chapter 1: Mission - The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Presentation Details:  Presentation Video & Presentation Slides

Presenters:  Chancellor Ford, Tammy McGuckin, Steve Wallner

Synopsis - Chapter 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct - The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.

Presentation Links:  Presentation Video & Presentation Slides

Presenters: Amber Handy, Suresh Chalasani, John Standard

Synopsis - Chapter 3:  Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support - The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Presentation Links:  Presentation VideoPresentation Slides

Presenters: Suresh Chalasani, John Standard

Synopsis - Chapter 4:  Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement - The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Presentation Links: Presentation Video & Presentation Slides

Presenters: Rob Ducoffe, Scott Menke, Tammy McGuckin, Jordania Leon-Jordan

Synopsis - Chapter 5: Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning - The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.

Presentation Links:  Presentation Video & Presentation Slides 

2023 Assurance Argument (Final Version) Submitted to HLC

Assurance Argument

Note: You may not be able to access the evidence links in the assurance argument since they refer to the files in the HLC system. However, you can access the evidence files separately using the link below. 

Evidence Files

You can also view how the HLC writing teams addressed the campus feedback.

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