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SMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The next accreditation review takes place October 20-22, 2014. To prepare for the review, SMSU must conduct a self-study to measure how well we are meeting the five criteria for continuing accreditation. A Steering Committee and Criterion Teams have been working hard to gather and analyze data related to the five criteria and to summarize their findings in writing. The self-study document will also include several introductory chapters about changes on campus since the last review in 2004. The final version of the self-study will be sent to HLC by mid-August of 2014.

Feedback and Conversations about Self-Study Chapter Drafts

YOU are SMSU! Because SMSU values the input and perspective of all members of the University, several opportunities are available for providing feedback on the self-study progress:

  • Each of the five criteria chapter drafts will be posted below, along with a link for providing feedback on the drafts. You may come back to the link for feedback as many times as you wish. The feedback link will remain open until approximately two weeks after the all-university conversation regarding it; see deadlines listed below.
  • In addition, an all-university conversation will be held to discuss each criterion. All conversations take place in Upper CC over the noon hour on a Thursday; see specific dates below. 
Criterion Chapter Draft Feedback Link All-University Conversation

1: Mission
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Criterion 1 Feedback--
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Feedback deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014

January 16, 2014
12:00 – 1:15, Upper CC
 

2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
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Feedback deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014
 
January 30, 2014
12:00 – 1:15, Upper CC
 

3: Teaching & Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
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Feedback deadline: Friday, February 28, 2014
 
February 13, 2014
12:00 – 1:15, Upper CC
 
4: Teaching & Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
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Criterion 4 Feedback--
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Feedback deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014
 
February 27, 2014
12:00 – 1:15, Upper CC
 
5: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
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Feedback deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014
 
March 27, 2014
12:00 – 1:15, Upper CC
 


The Steering Committee welcomes your feedback! For your convenience, a topic outline of all five criteria chapters can be found here (outline will be updated as chapters are edited): Criteria Chapters Topic Outline

When reading the drafts, please keep in mind the following:

  • A number of links to documentation or other self-study sections are indicated but are not live in the draft versions.
  • This version is presented in Word for your ease of use in copying and pasting language you want to comment on; the final version will be a PDF document with internal links and references to external e-resources for the reviewers.
  • Chapter numbers are currently indicated with a “?” because the final order and number of chapters will be determined after the introductory chapters are added.
  • The final version of the chapters will likely look different, with improved formatting.
  • Data will be updated late in the spring.

The final full version of the self-study will eventually be posted here for all to read, after all editing is finalized.

Please direct all questions to Dr. Lori Baker, Self-Study Coordinator
Lori.baker@smsu.edu
507-537-7344
 

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