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Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Continuing Accreditation 2005 Self-Study and Site Visit. Accreditation at SMSU. www.smsu.edu/accreditation.htm Lists 58 programs accredited by various accrediting organizations. Accreditation at SMSU.

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higher learning commission of the north central association of colleges and schools

Higher Learning Commissionof the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Continuing Accreditation

2005 Self-Study and Site Visit

accreditation at smsu
Accreditation at SMSU
  • www.smsu.edu/accreditation.htm
    • Lists 58 programs accredited by various accrediting organizations
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Accreditation at SMSU
  • Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the institution not individual programs 
higher learning commission hlc
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • A voluntary, non-governmental, regional accrediting organization with over 1,000 member institutions in 19 states
  • NCA was founded in 1895
  • SMSU - by various names - has been continuously accredited by the NCA/HLC since 1915
higher learning commission
Higher Learning Commission

1,000 2- and 4-year, public and private

North Central Association prior to January 1, 2001

Covers 19 States . . .

focus of accreditation by hlc
Focus of Accreditation by HLC
  • To assess the quality of an institution and its effectiveness
  • To assist the institution in making improvements in its operations and effectiveness
  • To provide mission-driven accreditation
hlc mission statement
HLC Mission Statement
  • “Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning”
self study and site visit
Self-Study and Site Visit
  • Five Criteria
  • Twenty-one Core Components
    • Examples of Evidence
  • Four Categories of Operational Indicators
  • These must be addressed in our self-study
five criteria
Five Criteria
  • Mission and Integrity
  • Preparing for the Future
  • Student Learning and Effective Teaching
  • Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge
  • Engagement and Service
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Five Criteria
  • 1. Mission and Integrity The organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the board, administration, faculty, staff, and students.
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Five Criteria
  • 2. Preparing for the Future The organization’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
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Five Criteria
  • 3. Student Learning and Effective Teaching The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.
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Five Criteria
  • 4. Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.
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Five Criteria
  • 5. Engagement and Service As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.
cross cutting themes
Cross-Cutting Themes
  • The Future-Oriented Organization
  • The Learning-Focused Organization
  • The Connected Organization
  • The Distinctive Organization

not a another set of criteria nor required. . . but seem to fit SMSU

categories of operational indicators
Categories of Operational Indicators
  • Demographics
  • Educational Programs
  • Financial Strength
  • Scope of Activities
  • Updated annually and addressed in self-study
hlc position statements
HLC “Position Statements”
  • How SMSU addresses HLC position statements will be part of the 2005 Self-Study
  • Commission Statement on Assessment of Student Learning
  • Commission Statement on General Education
  • Commission Statement on Diversity
basic understandings
Basic Understandings

General Education/Assessment

STUDENTS…

And are becoming

Are able to do

Have learned

What you have collectively defined

And intended for them to

Publicly committed to

Learn, do, and become

INSTITUTION…

evidence of assessment of student learning
Evidence of Assessment of Student Learning
  • Assumption: SMSU is assessing student learning (course, program, general education) and using results of assessments to improve student learning
assuring and advancing five criteria and cross cutting themes
Assuring and Advancing…Five Criteria and Cross-Cutting Themes

Student learning & effective teaching

Preparing for the future

Future-oriented

Mission & integrity

Connected

Distinctive

Learning-focused

Acquisition, discovery, & application of knowledge

Engagement & service

fundamental shifts in evaluation process
Fundamental Shifts In Evaluation Process
  • SMSU will be among the first institutions to be evaluated using recently revised and adopted criteria
  • Experience from 1995 self-study and site visit will help but will not be duplicated
fundamental shifts
Fundamental Shifts
  • From inputs and resources to results
  • From teaching to teaching & learning
  • From a look backwards to a future focus
  • From autonomy to connection & collaboration
  • From uniformity/stratification to distinctiveness, flexibility, & differentiation
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Fundamental Shifts
  • Previous self-studies were snapshots of the past 10 years
  • 2005 self-study will show how SMSU is poised for the future
creating the self study
Creating the Self-Study
  • “…the overriding goal of the self-study is to show that SMSU is mission focused and guided by a long-range vision.”
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How. . .?
  • How do we create a self-evaluation process that is meaningful, useful, and will make a significant difference for SMSU?
  • What forums do we use for raising the most important questions and holding the meaningful conversations that make this significant difference possible?
  • How do we connect the self-evaluation to the criteria and the self-study process?
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How. . .?
  • How do we write a self-study that assures peer institutions of our distinctive quality and advances the work and purposes of SMSU?

“Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.”

HLC mission statement

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How. . .?
  • Use existing university committees to the fullest extent possible
  • www.smsu.edu/acaaff/CommitteeHandbook2003-2004.pdf
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How. . .?
  • Minimize duplication in 2005 self-study and next long-range plan
  • Both will be 18-month process beginning January 2004
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How. . .?
  • Long-Range Plan will be submitted as Part 1 of the Self-Study
  • Summary evaluation of the processes will be Part 2
hlc steering committee
HLC Steering Committee

Dr. Jim Baker Assistant to the PresidentDr. Sue George Teacher EducationDr. Barbara Bushman Graduate CollegeDr. John Catau University CollegeDr. Tom Dicke HistoryDr. Frank Einhellig* Graduate College Mr. Don Simpson Enrollment Services

Dr. Tammy Jahnke* ChemistryDr. Martha Kirker* AssessmentDr. Etta Madden EnglishDr. Pete Richardson ManagementDr. Roger Sell Academic DevelopmentDr. Lois Shufeldt* Marketing Dr. Bill Cheek* Natural and Applied Sciences

  • HLC Review Committee (1997-present) and Executive Committee Jim Baker, Frank Einhellig, Martha Kirker, Lois Shufeldt, Bill Cheek-Chair
  • Also serving on UPAC Jim Baker, Roger Sell, Lois Shufeldt, Bill Cheek
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HLC Steering Committee
  • NCA/HLC Review Committee has been working since 1997
  • 2005 HLC Steering Committee has been working since 2002
    • Now meeting twice monthly
self study goal and objectives
Self-Study Goal and Objectives
  • While affirming that Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU)fulfills all criteria for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the overriding goal of the self-study is to show that SMSU is mission focused and guided by a long-range vision.
  • Southwest Missouri State University is a multi-campus metropolitan university system* with a statewide mission in public affairs whose purpose is to develop educated persons while focusing on five themes: professional education, health, business and economic development, creative arts, and science and the environment. To what extent do these foci influence the Institution’s many functions?
    • *SMSU-West Plains is an open enrollment, two-year institution separately accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is not included in this self-study.
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Self-Study Goal and Objectives
  • Objective 1. To evaluate the effectiveness of the University’s continuous planning processes, performance measures, student learning outcomes measures, and the integration of those processes in support of the mission of the Institution.
  • Objective 2. To identify strengths, issues of concern, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Objective 3. To involve the University’s many constituencies in the evaluation of institutional structures, processes, and programs, relative to the criteria for accreditation.
  • Objective 4. To establish and implementa plan for systematic collection and evaluation of information that will facilitate future: (1) accreditation activities for the Higher Learning Commission and programmatic accreditations and (2) continual improvement of university functions.
    • Approved 11/14/03 by HLC Steering Committee
questions to consider
Questions to Consider . . .
  • Add two or three questions appropriate for the group