Progress Update: March 15, 2013
With the start of fall semester, membership on the self-study’s five Criterion Committees was finalized, including the naming of two co-chairs for each. The committees started the process of evaluating the extent to which the university is meeting each of the five HLC criteria for reaccreditation. They’ll also respond to the institutional questions outlined in the third of the university’s three goals for the self-study, which is to use what’s learned in the self-study process to identify ways in which UNC will continue to embrace, advance and cultivate its distinctive role among Colorado’s public doctoral research universities.
A team of Evidence Coordinators finished the initial stage of evidence collection during fall semester, compiling and indexing an initial resource library in SharePoint of more than 2,000 documents that Criterion Committees are using in their work. Coordinators and committee members will continue to add documents to the collection throughout the duration of the study.
In late February, the Higher Learning Commission notified UNC that the HLC Review Team will be on campus March 9-11, 2015. Based on this information, the HLC self-study coordinators and the HLC steering committee will finalize the timeline for the study, with a final version to be shared with the campus later this spring.
Activities currently underway include:
- The formation of the self-study’s Writing Team
- Initial reports from the Criterion Committees to evaluate a writing template being used by the committees
- Initial work on addressing the federal compliance component of the self-study.
- The completion of a plan for communicating relevant information about the self-study to faculty, staff and students, as well as alumni and the local community.
- Self-study Coordinators Kim Black and Michelle Behr, as well as Ann Bentz, an HLC Evidence Coordinator and member of the Assumed Practices Committee, will attend the HLC’s annual meeting in April.