HLC 2010: Comprehensive Self-Study
The University of Central Arkansas will host a team of Higher Learning Commission consultant-evaluators in March 2010. In preparation for that visit and its application for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the university launched its ten-year comprehensive self-study in the spring semester 2008. This page will provide information to the campus and the public as the self-study process unfolds and will be updated from time to time as needed (most recently ). On this page . . .
Read the notice and invitation here: Public Comment (PDF document).
The Steering Committee is hosting three campus briefings during the month of February. Each will include a presentation about the HLC2010 process and the upcoming team visit with some time for discussion with members of the Steering Committee. See the presentation slides here: HLC2010 presentation. Briefing schedule:
In March 2008, President Hardin formed and charged the Self-Study Steering Committee (SSSC). The charge was reconfirmed by Interim President Courtway in October 2008 and by President Meadors in August 2009.
Self-Study Coordinator: Jonathan Glenn
Members of the SSSC and their task forces:
A projected outline for the self-study (updated 2010-01-31): Outline Link.
|Key Questions, Self-Study Design||March 19-May 1, 2008|
|Task Force Formation||June 1, 2008|
|Task Forces Charged||September 1, 2008|
|Task Force Reports to SSSC||July 1, 2009|
|Initial Self-Study Draft Completed||October 15, 2009|
|Review of Self-Study Draft by External Consultant||November 15, 2009|
|Self-Study Published in Web Portal for Campus Review||November 25, 2009|
|Self-Study Final Edits||January 5, 2010|
|Self-Study Submitted to HLC & Team||January 13, 2010|
|Visiting Team on Campus||March 8-10, 2010|
As the process moves forward, events that occur after the comprehensive visit will be added to this table.
The Higher Learning Commission has articulated five Criteria for Accreditation, has detailed core components for each, and has suggested four cross-cutting themes that structure evidence about the criteria and describe an effective higher learning organization. The information linked from the following list is drawn from the HLC's Handbook for Accreditation, 3rd edition, chapter 3. The Handbook and its further elaboration of the Criteria for Accreditation and the themes may be downloaded from the Commission's web site.
Criterion 1: Mission and Integrity - Key Questions
Criterion 2: Preparing for the Future - Key Questions
Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching - Key Questions
Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge - Key Questions
Criterion 5: Engagement and Service - Key Questions
The Self-Study Steering Committee has developed a list of key questions (see links in the criteria list, above) and a set of guidelines to shape task force reports as each group responds to the criteria and themes outlined above.
Task Force Report Guidelines (PDF; updated 2008-10-24)
List of Key Questions (all criteria) (Word Document)
See the HLC's Overview of Accreditation.
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