UNC Today: Thursday, March 28, 2013

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HLC Self-Study Progress Update

Work on a comprehensive self-study that will reaffirm UNC's accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission continued during fall semester and the university recently learned that a key element of the self-study process - the requisite visit by an HLC review team - is scheduled for March 9-11, 2015.

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 re-accreditation. 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.

Employees of the Year, Service Milestones Recognized at Annual Banquet

The Professional Administrative and Classified Staff Councils hosted their annual Employee Recognition and Service Milestones Banquet March 25 and presented the following employee-of-the-year and service milestone awards:

  • Professional Administrative Employee of the Year: Jay Hinrichs, director of Athletics
  • Classified Employee of the Year: Vicky Stromberger, licensure officer, School of Teacher Education
  • Service Milestones: 138 classified and professional administrative employees were recognized for achieving service milestones during 2012. A complete list is at http://www.unco.edu/news/assets/pdfs/milestone.pdf

Finalists for PVA Dean to Meet with College

The search committee for the position of dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts announces that after a nationwide search, three finalists have been selected to visit the UNC campus and meet with the college's students, faculty and staff during open forums. The finalists are:

  • David Caffey, currently director of the School of Music at UNC. His campus visit will take place Thursday-Friday, April 4-5.
  • James Anthony (Tony) Crowley, currently director of the School of Art at Illinois State University. His campus visit will take place Monday-Tuesday, April 8-9.
  • Leo Welch, currently associate dean of Community Engagement and professor of Music at Florida State University. His campus visit will take place Thursday-Friday, April 11-12.

The college open forums are as follows:

Thursday, April 4 (Caffey)
11:15 a.m.-noon - PVA student open forum, Skinner Library Room 139
3-3:45 p.m. - PVA faculty/staff open forum, Kepner 2050

Monday, April 8 (Crowley)
11:15 a.m.-noon - PVA student open forum, Skinner Library Room 139
3-3:45 p.m. - PVA faculty/staff open forum, Kepner 2050

Thursday, April 11 (Welch)
11:15 a.m.-noon - PVA student open forum, Skinner Library Room 139
3-3:45 p.m. - PVA faculty/staff open forum, Kepner 2050

UNC Foundation Employment Opportunity

The UNC Foundation, an independent, privately governed 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to support of the University of Northern Colorado, is accepting applications for a manager of Information Systems and Reporting.

The position will plan, direct and coordinate the database management and technology activities for the UNC Foundation.

Additional information and application instructions are available on the UNC Foundation's website.

OSP Office Hours in Ross Hall

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold office hours in Ross Hall Thursday, March 28. Arlene Hansen will be available to meet with faculty and staff in room 2570 from 1-4 p.m. The focus of the session will be on pre-award issues, but all questions and concerns about proposals and awards are welcome.

Reminder to Faculty, Staff, Students Who Conduct Research

It is the policy of the University of Northern Colorado that research involving human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (see University Regulation 3-8-104). This policy applies to UNC faculty, students and staff. The major responsibility for maintaining ethical standards and protecting human rights rests with individual researchers and research advisors.

The Institutional Review Board offers an added measure of assurance and serves as a local resource for the interpretation of ethical guidelines. You can read more about UNC policy governing research with human beings at http://www.unco.edu/osp/doc/irb/Procedures.pdf.

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