The University has an important visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) scheduled for April 23-25, 2017. This is to reaffirm our accreditation status. The HLC Steering Committee—a University Committee with appointments from bargaining units and administration—has been working for over a year to prepare for this visit. 

To respond to HLC’s criteria for reaccreditation, we are writing an Assurance Argument, which is a more streamlined process than what we experienced in past reviews. The Assurance Argument is a narrative with embedded web links to supporting documents that explains how the University meets the HLC’s five criteria for accreditation. Some of you have been contacted—and others will be—to provide information for evidence supporting our Assurance Argument. In November 2016, we will offer opportunities for campus-wide feedback on the draft document.

You’ll be hearing from us throughout the year, including through Dragon Digest, where we will highlight some compelling facts and evidence used to support our argument.

The current HLC Committee members are Jack Healy, AVP for Academic Affairs (co-chair); Oscar Flores, Economics (co-chair); Ashley Atteberry, Title IX Coordinator/Director of Student Conduct & Resolution; Jeff Bodwin, Interim Dean, College of Science, Health & the Environment; Randy Cagle, Dean of Humanities & Social Science; Tim Decker, English; Brittney Goodman, Library; Denise Gorsline, Interim Dean of Arts, Media & Communication; Eduardo Pablo, Finance; David Paul, Counseling & Student Affairs; Peg Potter, Psychology; and Jitendra Singh, Health Services Administration.

Thank you, The HLC Steering Committee