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Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review

September 3, 2009

HLC Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 3, 2009

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presidential Room, Maucker Union


  1. Welcome - Bev
  2. May 6, 2009 meeting notes – Shirley
  3. Editing committee update – Bev
  4. Revised timeline - Bev
  5. Foundations of Excellence update – April & Jon
  6. Board of Regents Strategic Plan update – Bev
  7. For the good of the order
HLC Steering Committee

Meeting Notes
September 3, 2009
Presidential Room-Maucker Union

Present: Agee, Buse, Chatham-Carpenter, Cutter, Hanish, Hays, Kaparthi, Kopper, Licari, Morgan, Murtha, Neibauer, O’Connor, Pease, Uehle, Vinton

Absent: Arthur, Martin, Patton, Upah, Wilson

  1. Welcome – Bev
  2. May 6, 2009 meeting notes – Shirley
    The notes stand as distributed.
  3. Editing committee update – Bev
    Committee membership started with Bev, Barbara, Jan, Kate, and Shirley. After reading the first draft, the committee requested revisions and then read a second draft. The order of the sections will be rearranged - the FoE chapters will follow the HLC criterion chapters.
  4. Revised timeline – Bev
    Steering committee members met with staff from University Marketing & Public Relations this summer. A draft of the self-study report is scheduled to be delivered to UMPR by the first of October and will be loaded to the web site. Campus input on the draft will be requested from November 2009 – February 2010.
    Committee members gave updates on the status of chapter revisions. Deadline for revisions is Friday, September 11.
  5. Foundations of Excellence update– April & Jon
    A meeting has been scheduled with Dr. Gibson and Dr. Hogan to discuss the recommended action items. A First-Year Council is one of the recommendations and will initially be comprised of the FoE Steering Committee from last year. An Executive Summary will eventually be distributed campus wide.
  6. Board of Regents Strategic Plan update– Bev
    Suggestions for key performance indicators for the Board of Regents strategic plan were submitted.  Dr. Gibson will chair the University’s effort and is very committed to having an open and transparent process.  The outcome will be a strategic plan that can be used for decision making with key performance indicators.  Since the strategic plan will not be completed until spring 2010, it will be an addendum to the self-study report.
  7. For the good of the order

    Siobahn asked if the committee will read the report before it is placed on the web.  Bev indicated that she would like each member of the committee to read the report.  Members agreed the report could be distributed via e-mail rather than hard copy.

    Karen asked how the report will be shared with the university community.  It will be on the web and staff will have the ability to provide feedback via the web site.  Bev will also meet with the various university committees/groups that she met with in the fall and spring to provide an update and encourage feedback.  A town hall meeting was discussed as a possibility.  Bev stated this is the year that information about the entire process must be disseminated to the university community.