A message from the Provost

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is actively engaged in applying and monitoring the standards of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  As the Provost, I work closely with the Assessment Academy Team, the Committee for Institutional Assessment, the Liberal Arts Program Committee, the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs faculty and staff, and the Administration to strategically implement the accreditation standards into our operational enterprise.
Most noted is our work with the Assessment Academy in which a team of faculty and staff are working with the academic faculty to align the Liberal Education student learning outcomes (SLO’s) with the academic program outcomes.  Each academic program is conducting this alignment as well as embedding signature assessments through their programs to amplify this alignment. This Assessment Academy project is conducted in conjunction with the Committee for Institutional Assessment.
We are pleased that the HLC has granted SMSU the opportunity to have a joint visit in 2018-2019 that includes the Focused Visit and the Comprehensive Visit.  The Focused Visit will concentrate on the Assessment Plan and making sure that all programs have gone through the full Assessment Cycle.  The Comprehensive Visit will showcase how SMSU are meeting the HLC’s standards of Mission; Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support; Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement-Assessment; and Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.
We at SMSU are pleased that we have processes and procedures in place to continuously progress toward our strategic initiatives which includes the fluid operations of the HLC’s standards.
Dr. Dwight C. Watson,
Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs


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SMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The most recent accreditation review took place October 20-22, 2014. The University's accreditation was reaffirmed, and SMSU was placed onto the Standard Pathway as part of the Higher Learning Commission's revised procedures for accreditation going forward.


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