What is a self-study?
It is the process an institution undergoes periodically to earn and maintain accreditation. It is a self-evaluation that encompasses every aspect of the institution including educational activities, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, resources, student academic achievement, organizational effectiveness, and relationships with outside constituencies. It is an opportunity to identify areas where the institution needs improvement and to implement change.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a way to insure that higher learning institutions are fulfilling their goals and serving their students and communities to the best of their ability. Accreditation is voluntary, and it serves as assurance to students that they will get a quality education when they attend an accredited college or university. It also increases the potential of transferability of credits from one accredited institution to another.
What is the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)?
The HLC, of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is the accrediting agency for UM-Flint, UM-Ann Arbor, and many other schools and colleges in this region of the country. Their role is to ensure students are receiving a quality education and the institution is operating within the boundaries of its stated mission.
What does this have to do with you?
An undertaking such as this must involve EVERYONE on campus, not only faculty and staff, but students and community members as well. The only way to ensure a factual and thorough evaluation of the university is to seek feedback from everyone involved, benefiting from, or contributing to university programs and activities.
The HLC visit:
HLC Consultant Evaluators will be on campus November 4-5, 2019 to talk with individuals concerning the evidence presented in the self-study document.