Special Topic Discussion: Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Accreditation

February 2014 Board of Governors Discussion Agenda

    1. Introduction/Overview

      Clif Smart, president

    2. Overview of Accreditation

      Dr. Frank Einhellig, provost

      • Value of accreditations
      • Required versus optional accreditations
      • Scope and cost of accreditations
      • Process and how it has changed over time
      • Overview of HLC accreditation
    3. Update on HLC Accreditation for the Springfield Campus

      Dr. Tammy Jahnke, dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences and chari, HLC Steering Committee

      • Timeline
      • Progress to date
      • Tasks yet to complete
      • Issues being reviewed/addressed
    4. HLC Accreditation for the West Plains Campus

      Dr. Drew Bennett, chancellor
      Dennis Lancaster, interim dean of academic affairs

      • Update on process
      • Significant findings of self-study
      • Update on timeline
      • Update on site visit
      • Board involvement requested
      • Plans for future
    5. Summary

      Clif Smart, president

    6. Board Discussion

      Led by Beverly Miller, chair

      Decision points for the Board’s discussion:

      • Do you concur with the University’s philosophy regarding accreditations, especially those that are optional?
      • What questions, if any, do you have about the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities listed in the West Plains summary?
      • Are you comfortable with the status of the two HLC accreditation processes? Do you have questions or suggestions about either?
      • Do you have any specific questions you would suggest either campus pose to the HLC on-site team? Are you available to participate in the two on-site visits? Are you interested in being involved in the on-site visits other than the Board-specific times?

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