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SNU HLC/NCA Accreditation Update SNU Graduate & Professional Studies Fall Meeting. October 24, 2008. SNU Accreditation www.snu.edu/hlc. through North Central Association (NCA)’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) SNU Self-Study providing 10-year look at campus

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Snu hlc nca accreditation update snu graduate professional studies fall meeting

SNU HLC/NCA Accreditation UpdateSNU Graduate & Professional Studies Fall Meeting

October 24, 2008


Snu accreditation www snu edu hlc
SNU Accreditationwww.snu.edu/hlc

  • through North Central Association (NCA)’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

  • SNU Self-Study providing 10-year look at campus

  • Preparations underway for NCA/HLC campus visit October 5-7, 2009


Accreditation self study
Accreditation Self-Study

Telling the SNU Story

  • Are we doing what we say we are doing?

  • What are our strengths and our challenges?

  • How can we prepare for the future?

  • What do we want students to learn and how well are they learning?


Hlc criteria themes
HLC Criteria/Themes

2. Preparing for the Future

5. Engagement & Service

1. Mission &

Integrity

A. Future-oriented

D. Distinctive

C. Connected

B. Learning-focused

3. Student Learning & Effective Teaching

4. Acquisition, Discovery, & Application of Knowledge


Observations emerging from
Observations emerging from

  • SNU surveys (faculty, staff, students, alumni, department chairs, Board)

  • National surveys with comparative data (SSI-students, NSSE-students, HERI-faculty, BCW-staff/faculty)

  • Findings of SNU faculty/staff committees based on evidence from interviews & examination of documents


Sample faculty findings
Sample faculty findings

  • competent colleagues

  • need to reward faculty for good teaching

  • student ethnic diversity educationally valuable

  • not enough involvement in campus decision-making

  • department alignment with SNU mission


  • highest stressors: lack of personal time, working with underprepared students, self-imposed high expectations

  • electronic databases top priority for library

  • need to link planning & budget decisions to mission

  • appreciate having flexibility in the workplace

  • need improved teamwork across departments


Higher than the national average for religious 4 year colleges
Higher than the national average for religious 4-year colleges

  • emphasis on personal service & using scholarship to address community needs

  • professional support through travel funds, internal research grants, association memberships/dues, paid sabbaticals, workshops on classroom teaching

  • adequate support for integrating technology into the classroom



Core strengths
Core Strengths colleges

  • Widespread support for SNU mission

  • Institutional partnerships

  • Educational access for students

  • Commitment to student learning

  • Programs addressing educational needs

  • Innovation in learning environments

  • Culture of service

  • Strong connection with sponsoring church

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT



Recommendations
Recommendations colleges

  • Do more to address diversity

  • Continue to improve campus security & emergency preparedness

  • Improve campus communication

  • Follow our graduates after graduation

  • Publicize faculty accomplishments

  • Equip adjunct instructors

  • Emphasize doing & using assessment


More discussions around
More discussions around colleges

  • Academic freedom

  • Acknowledging faculty contributions

  • Dealing with plagiarism

  • Under-prepared students

  • Diversity on campus

  • Global & environmental emphases

  • Research & scholarship

  • Church relationships



As an instructor
. . . as an instructor? colleges

  • Reporting on adjunct faculty professional involvements & activities

  • New means of routine communication

  • Emergency preparedness emphasis

  • Collecting information on former students

  • Faculty development opportunities


In my classes
. . . in my classes? colleges

  • Increased attention to assessment & learning outcomes

  • Continuing emphasis on academic honesty

  • Technology promoting learning

  • Curricular global perspectives

  • “Green” emphasis on campus


Credits
Credits colleges

Created for SNU GPS Faculty Meeting, 24 October 2008 by Gwen Ladd Hackler, [email protected]

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www.hcahlc.org

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