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

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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
  • 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 &


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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Increased attention to assessment & learning outcomes
  • Continuing emphasis on academic honesty
  • Technology promoting learning
  • Curricular global perspectives
  • “Green” emphasis on campus

Created for SNU GPS Faculty Meeting, 24 October 2008 by Gwen Ladd Hackler,

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