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Columbia College Reaccreditation: 2012 Dr. Gerald Brouder President Dr. Terry Smith Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs. Why? Compliance Transfer of credit Federal financial aid Institutional effectiveness Reputation Improving the student experience.

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Columbia College Reaccreditation: 2012

Dr. Gerald Brouder

President

Dr. Terry Smith

Executive Vice President and

Dean for Academic Affairs

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Why?

  • Compliance
    • Transfer of credit
    • Federal financial aid
  • Institutional effectiveness
  • Reputation
  • Improving the student experience
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Accreditation at Columbia College

Columbia College has a long history of accreditation with North Central.

  • Columbia College is institutionally accredited.
    • How does this differ from program accreditation?
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The Columbia College Self-Study Model

- Strategic planning and reaccreditation activity taking place simultaneously

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The Five Criteria

Criterion One

The organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the Board, administrators, faculty, staff and students.

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Criterion Two

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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Criterion Three

The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.

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Criterion Four

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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Criterion Five

As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways that both value.

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Federal Compliance

  • Credits, program length
  • Student complaints
  • Transfer policies
  • Verification of student identity
  • Loan default rates
  • Crime reports
  • Attendance and progress policies (for financial aid)
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The College meets Criterion One because:

  • It has a clear and relevant mission;
  • It takes pride in its heritage and future of diversity;
  • Its people “get” the primary mission of teaching and learning;
  • Shared governance and administration operate efficiently;
  • It prizes integrity in all things.
  • Challenge: maintaining strategic planning momentum at the unit level.
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The College meets Criterion Two because:

  • Its unified strategic planning process keeps long-range planning and reaccreditation “front-of-mind”;
  • It has made a massive investment in technology;
  • It has no debt and significant reserves;
  • It has an extensive program review process that has led to numerous improvements in curriculum, pedagogy and operational practices.
  • Challenges:
    • Day student recruitment and retention
    • Academic advising
    • Impending reductions in military tuition assistance
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The College meets Criterion Three because:

  • It takes outcomes assessment seriously;
  • It supports instruction in diverse ways;
  • It creates healthy and productive learning environments in all venues, in and out of the classroom.
  • Challenges:
    • Enhancing the assessment culture.
    • Staying abreast of instructional technology.
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The College meets Criterion Four because:

  • It provides or funds diverse faculty and staff development activities;
  • It provides numerous opportunities for student and faculty intellectual growth;
  • It has embraced globalism and multiculturalism in its curricular and co-curricular offerings;
  • The focus on integrity extends to faculty, staff and student development activities.
  • Challenges:
    • Being more competitive for grants;
    • Reviewing general education soon;
    • Enhancing study abroad.
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The College meets Criterion Five because:

  • It has numerous mutually-beneficial partnerships;
  • It is well-known for the diversity of its outreach.
  • Challenges:
    • Improving local awareness for the Day program;
    • Anticipating the dynamics of voluntary education in the military.
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Timeline

  • Your role during the visit:
    • Attend and contribute to any scheduled meetings with team members;
    • Read and be familiar with the self-study;
    • (If off-campus) Attend and contribute if asked to participate by phone.
  • October 1-3, 2012: Team Visit
  • Nationwide campus visits
  • What happens after visit?
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Accreditation Website & FAQ’s

http://web.ccis.edu/Information/HLC

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Questions and Comments

Off-campus: Email your questions to:

HLCQuestions@ccis.edu