4. ACCREDITATION VISIT — November 14-16, 2017
The three-day visit takes place six months after the Offsite Review. During the visit, the team meets with campus representatives to follow up on outstanding issues and verify or revise its preliminary findings concerning both compliance and improvement. The institution has an opportunity to demonstrate how it has responded to issues raised or questions asked at the time of the Offsite Review and to fill any gaps in the picture it wishes to present of itself. Following the visit, the team shares its draft team report with the institution for correction of errors of fact and challenges related to proprietary information. The team then finalizes the team report and forwards it to the Commission for action.
Lines of Inquiry
The team has identified the following lines of inquiry for the Accreditation Visit; click on the link to obtain an Executive Summary prepared in response:
- Financial Sustainability: support for projected enrollment and fundraising goals that establish the University’s confidence level in its ability to achieve these goals. What are the contingency plans if the goals are not met?
- Strategic Planning: how the strategic planning process has matured over the past five years, and how it engages the campus community, is data driven, and is connected to the allocation of resources.
- Assessment Infrastructure: the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the assessment infrastructure in evaluating all areas including student learning in the discipline, core competencies and general education. The team will consider how the assessment infrastructure examines educational effectiveness and has mechanisms for identifying problems and finding solutions. This includes assurance that students are consistently meeting the standards of performance established by the academic discipline and the University.
- Transformational Leadership: how transformational leadership is being integrated into the curriculum and co-curriculum and how it is being assessed.
- Program Review: the role of program review in ensuring the integrity and coherence of the curriculum. The team will explore how annual assessment (with supporting data) is a part of the program review process and the extent to which it includes co-curricular programs.
- Student Success: the ongoing efforts and strategies to promote student success including compilation and analysis of retention and completion data disaggregated to identify possible at-risk student populations.
Visit preparation materials shared at the October Jessup Family Gathering and the November Faculty meeting are posted here: