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Please direct all questions to:
Jeffrey W. Bell, Ph.D.
HLC/Assessment Coordinator
jeffrey.w.bell@smsu.edu
507-537-6370


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 Education Committee, the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs faculty and staff, and the Administration to strategically implement the accreditation criteria into our operational enterprise.

We were pleased that the HLC granted SMSU the opportunity to have a joint visit in October 2018 that included the Focused Visit and the Comprehensive Visit. The Focused Visit concentrated on the Campus Assessment Master Plan (CAMP). As outlined in the CAMP all programs aligned with the Assessment Cycle and crafted student learning outcomes (SLOs), embedded SLOs into program sequence, assessed SLOs, collected and reviewed data from assessments, and made program adjustments based on feedback. The Comprehensive Visit showcased how SMSU is meeting HLC’s criteria 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.

Most noted has been our work with the Assessment Academy in which a team of faculty and staff worked with the academic faculty to align the Liberal Education student learning outcomes (SLO’s) with the academic program outcomes. Each academic program conducted this alignment as well as embedded signature assessments throughout their programs to amplify this alignment. This Assessment Academy project was conducted in conjunction with the Committee for Institutional Assessment. To orchestrate the work of the CAMP a set of protocols entitled the Program Assessment of Student Learning (PASL) was created. Each program appointed a Program Assessment Leader (PAL) to guide this work. A task of the PAL is to complete the Report on the Assessment of Student Learning (RASL). The data collected from the RASL monitored and captured the implementation of the Assessment Cycle and codified the operationalization of the CAMP.

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 Higher Learning Commission’s criteria.

Dr. Dwight C. Watson,
Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Last Modified: 5/8/19 10:00 AM