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Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review

January 14, 2010


HLC Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2010

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presidential Room, Maucker Union




  1. Welcome – Bev
  2. December 17, 2009 meeting notes - Shirley
  3. Open Forum - Bev
    1. February 10, 2010 – 3:15-5:00 p.m.
    2. Maucker Union Central Ballrooms
  4. Provost comments regarding report – Bev
  5. Editing of the Draft - Bev
  6. For the good of the order

Present:  Agee, Buse, Cutter, Hanish, Hays, Kaparthi, Kopper, Licari, Martin, Morgan, Murtha, Neibauer, Uehle, Upah, Vinton


Absent:  Arthur, Chatham-Carpenter, O'Connor, Patton, Pease, Wilson


1. Welcome - Bev


2.  December 17, 2009 meeting notes

The notes will stand as distributed.


3.  New HLC Web site - Kate & Shirley

DeWayne Purdy has redesigned the HLC Web site using Drupal.  He copied all the documents from the SharePoint site to the online resource room, uploaded the frequently asked questions, and designed an online feedback form.  The report and feedback form will be accessible by CatID.


3.  Open Forum - Bev

The HLC Open Forum is scheduled for February 10 from 3:15-5:00 p.m. in Maucker Union Central Ballroom.  The President and Provost have committed to attending and playing a role in the event.  One chair from each Criterion and a FoE representative will provide brief highlights from their chapter accompanied by two PowerPoint slides.  After the formal presentation, participants will be invited to visit one or more of the breakout tables if they have questions, concerns, or comments.  The tables will be divided by HLC Criteria, FoE, and a data table. 


Participants at the open forum will be instructed how to provide feedback regarding the report.  Two options will be available:  Electronic form accessible by CatID or a paper form that can be printed and submitted via campus mail.  The deadline for feedback from the University community will be March 12.  Questions will be compiled and brought to the Steering Committee for response.


The chairs who will give a short presentation at the forum are:

Criterion 1 - Jim O'Connor

Criterion 2 - Jan Hanish

Criterion 3 - Donna Vinton

Criterion 4 - Mike Licari

Criterion 5 - Member of Al's committee (he will be out of town)

FoE - Jon/April


Another PowerPoint will be on a continuous loop with committee member lists, criterion and dimension statements, when the external review will occur, etc. 


Karen asked if we could provide a bookmark to those attending the open forum.  Information such as the accreditation Web site address, HLC Criteria and FoE Dimensions, dates of the team visit, and the tag line "Influencing the Future" will be included.  UM&PR will design the bookmark and Jim will provide a draft for the next meeting.


We will provide two paper copies of the report to the Library so they can be checked out from the Reserve Desk by students and staff with a UNI ID.


4.  Provost comments regarding report - Bev

Dr. Gibson thanked everyone who contributed to the self-study report.  Her comments included:

-The challenges, areas for improvement and recommendations were not always clearly defined. 

-Could we highlight some outstanding examples of faculty who are at the core of the institution? 

-At times, she felt the report was more negative than it needed to be.

-Report needs to be consistent with tone and voice.


Mike has agreed to read the HLC chapters and highlight some examples of outstanding faculty contributions.  Karen has agreed to edit the same chapters to make sure the document reads with one voice.


5.  Editing of the Draft - Bev

The editing committee has met twice in the last two weeks.  All the questions/comments from the President and Provost were addressed.  Also, the Strengths, Challenges, and Areas for Improvement will be edited for consistency and distributed to the committee for review.


The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 3:15 p.m. in the Presidential Room.