Preparations underway for reaffirmation of accreditation

August 5, 2014

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville officials are advancing preparations for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. The process consists of an external review that ensures the university is providing high-quality education and continually seeking improvement. It includes electronic submission of a comprehensive quality assurance report and an on-site visit by a team of peer reviewers, which will take place in either fall 2016 or spring 2017.   

The five criteria the HLC uses to determine whether an institution will receive accreditation include 1) mission; 2) ethical and responsible conduct; 3) quality of resources and support for teaching and learning; 4) evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning; and 5) resources, planning and institutional effectiveness. Additional information on UW-Platteville reaffirmation, including timelines and university communication, can be found at www.uwplatt.edu/hlc.

Teams consisting of representatives from across campus have been formed to address each of the five criteria and charged with identifying the type of data and reports that need to be collected as evidence files for each.  The five teams prepared this information throughout the spring semester and reported it back to the HLC steering committee, which is reviewing it in detail throughout the summer. An additional team was established to identify and address federal compliance issues that need to be submitted as part of the accreditation process.

To learn more about recent policy changes made to the commission’s “Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices” and help ensure a successful outcome, campus leaders and several members of the HLC Steering Committee attended the HLC Annual Conference during the spring. The committee also sponsored a “Writing Good Student Learning Outcomes” presentation by Susan Hatfield, and made it available for UW-Platteville faculty to access.

The HLC Steering Committee has been working diligently to keep the university and Platteville community informed of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. Two open sessions were held in the spring semester, in addition to informational meetings held with individual departments, divisions and various other units across campus. Open sessions and informational meetings will continue in the fall semester.

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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