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  1. HLC UpdateFaculty Meeting April 30, 2009

  2. HLC/NCA Campus Visit • October 5-7, 2009 • Includes change request for online master’s program • Self-Study review finalization in May • Publicity plan for campus pre-visit information designed by SNU students • Resource room assembly this summer • Visiting team members confirmed

  3. Role of Visiting Team "Born to Run," TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, 2.22

  4. Dr. Paul Koch (Team Chair), Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, Assoc. VP for Assessment and Institutional Research • Dr. Jeanette Hsieh, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, Interim President, Provost and Prof. of Education • Dr. Jeffrey Highland, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona and Twin Cities, MN, Provost and Vice President • Dr. Sarah Westfall, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo,MI, VP for Student Development and Dean of Students • Dr. Robert Hamill, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor,MI, Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies • Dr. Donna Green, Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI, Executive Director of Faculty Development (online evaluator)

  5. Highlights from HLC Meeting

  6. Accountability & Transparency • The Higher Education Opportunity Act, 2008, links federal financial aid to reporting and accreditor specifications • “Consumer-friendly information database” for college comparisons by prospective students as to cost, financing, degree ‘performance’ • Common reporting template for public disclosure of institutional performance data

  7. Accreditors’ Responses • “Voluntary System of Accountability” (VSA), National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges • VSA endorsement by American Association of State Colleges and Universities • Alternative template under development by National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities • Separation of compliance reporting from institutional improvement processes under development by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

  8. “For almost two years, accrediting organizations and higher-education institutions have been confronted with a most serious challenge from the federal government, one that goes to the heart of the role and purposes of colleges and universities. The government has been taking action that could result in its assuming unprecedented direct control over standards of quality and the academic offerings of higher education . . . .The challenge is fundamental: Who, going forward, will have the primary authority and responsibility for academic quality?” • Eaton, “Institutions, Accreditors and the Federal Government: Redefining Their ‘Appropriate Relationship,’“ http://www.changemag.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/September-October%202007/full-institutions-accreditors.html

  9. Meaningful Assessment

  10. Prep for August 09 FAR FAR report documents to include Year’s activities (no goals required) Technology report (may use Faculty Technology Survey online) Assessment report (may use TracDat course reporting) Observation of another prof’s instruction report (may do off-campus, miniterm, online)