Accreditation Is Coming
The re-accreditation process represents an opportunity for us to identify areas where our campus needs improvement and to implement change. Preparation for our re-accreditation will continue for the next six months, and it involves three main components:
- The completion, in October 2018, of our Quality Initiative, in which we worked to improve university advising, supplemental instruction, and the First Year Experience course.
- Preparation of the Assurance Argument, a self-evaluation that examines 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. This will be finished by October 7, 2019.
- The completion of our comprehensive site visit, in which a team of peer reviewers affiliated with the Higher Learning Commission will come to our university on November 4-5, 2019. In addition to the site visit team holding open forums to interview various constituencies, they will write an evaluation report that will be used to determine our accreditation status moving forward.
Accreditation is a way to insure that UM-Flint is fulfilling its goals and serving our students and communities to the best of our ability. Accreditation is voluntary, and it serves as assurance to students that they will get a quality education when they attend the University of Michigan-Flint. It also increases the potential of transferability of credits from one accredited institution to another.
Preparation for the HLC re-accreditation visit and its eventual success are vital to the future of our campus. It is extremely important that the process be highly participatory and completely transparent. We want all of our faculty, staff, and students to be actively involved in the process, understand the importance of re-accreditation, and the development of our Assurance Statement.
We appreciate your early assistance and participation in the planning and prepping for our HLC site visit November 4 and 5, 2019.
Thank you in advance.
The Higher Learning Commission Steering Committee