Summary

The interrelated nature of the HLCís recently adopted Criteria for accreditation provided the opportunity for the University to use the four Cross-Cutting Themes as the context for evaluation and as the format for the Self-Study Report.† The Steering Committee, early in the process, considered the thematic approach the most appropriate; this approach emphasizes the interrelatedness of the Criteria and Core Components and is a better fit for the characteristic strengths of Missouri State University.

Even though the Self-Study was organized around the Cross-Cutting Themes, the Steering Committee realized that evidence must be presented that the University meets all Criteria for accreditation and Core Components. This evidence was documented by preparing a matrix cross classifying committee reports with Criteria and Core Components; indicating with the reportís margins the Criteria and Core Components covered in each major section; and summarizing the evidence in the following review.

The summary includes a page-indexed chart of Criteria and Core Components and a narrative summary of strengths (Table 7.1), as well as a chart of major challenges and recommendations for improvement in response to those challenges (Table 7.2). As this summary demonstrates, Missouri State University has embraced the interrelatedness of the Core Components listed under the five Criteria; the evidence of the Universityís connection to the Core Components appears throughout all the thematic chapters of the Report.

Table 7.1: Page-Indexed Chart of Criteria and Core Components

Criterion 1 Page Numbers
a 29, 36, 144, 166, 168, 174, 177, 186, 192, 202
b 42, 52, 55, 61, 144, 166, 168, 179, 174, 181, 186, 192, 202
c 29, 32, 34, 36, 168, 174, 177, 186
d 27, 29, 32, 26, 34, 42, 55, 154, 166, 179, 159, 154, 147, 179, 184, 186, 192
e 78, 123, 128, 166, 186, 191
Criterion 2
a 27,29, 32, 42, 52, 61, 62, 150, 154, 168, 179, 174, 184, 192, 1110, 202
b 26, 26, 34, 42, 55, 61, 62, 128, 141, 159, 168, 174, 177, 179, 191, 1110, 199
c 29, 32, 34, 42, 62, 72, 93, 110, 150, 154, 168, 174, 177, 186, 192, 198, 199, 202
d 34, 36, 74, 181, 184, 192
Criterion 3
a 36, †55, 81, 168, 174, 179, 184, 195
b 46, 62, 70, 81, 98, 108, 110, 114, 116, 168, 174, 195, 202
c 46, 55, 61, 62, 70, 81, 93, 108, 110, 116, 121, 128, 144, 168, 174, 179
d 32, 42, 55, 62, 116, 144, 154, 168, 174, 179, 202
Criterion 4
a 42, 46, 55, 61, 70, 81, 95, 98, 101, 108, 110, 116, 119, 123, 124, 126, 141, 154, 159, 168, 174, 179, 184, 195
b 55, 61, 62, 70, 78, 81, 110, 119, 159, 168, 174, 179, 184, 159, 195, 199
c 55, 61, 72, 74, 81, 93, 122, 154, 168, 174, 179
d 32, 55, 61, 62, 70, 110, 114, 168, 154, 174, 179, 184
Criterion 5  
a 42, 52, 55, 61, 74, 81, 93, 98, 116, 150, 154, 168, 177, 184, 186, 197, 199, 202
b 42, 52, 55, 61, 110, 126, 141, 144, 150, 154, 168, 177, 184, 186, 197, 202
c 42, 52, 61, 62, 81, 110, 126, 141, 144, 150, 154, 168, 177, 179, 181, 184, 186, 197, 199, 202
d 42, 52, 61, 62, 98, 101, 110, 119,126, 141, 144, 154, 168, 186, 197, 202


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