UW-Platteville officials prepare for re-accreditation

January 23, 2014

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville have begun preparations for re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission – a process of external review that ensures the university is providing high-quality education and continually seeking improvement. The re-accreditation process includes electronic submission of a comprehensive quality assurance report and an on-site visit by a team of peer reviewers, which will take place in either fall 2016 or spring 2017. The HLC Steering Committee will be holding open sessions for faculty, staff and students to ask questions and receive additional information this spring.

“Accreditation is important because it is a mechanism for us, as an institution, to monitor and ensure that all aspects of the university – from academic programs to student affairs to our infrastructure – are meeting the needs of our students,” said Dr. Sharon Klavins, associate professor in the department of biology and chair of the HLC Steering Committee. “Through this process, we can critically evaluate how we are achieving our vision and mission for the university and identify how we can continue to improve. It’s also essential for ensuring that our students and faculty remain eligible to receive federal funding for tuition and grants.”

The five criteria the HLC uses to determine whether an institution will receive accreditation include mission; ethical and responsible conduct; quality of resources and support for teaching and learning; evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning; and resources, planning and institutional effectiveness. Five teams of faculty and staff will be working with the steering committee to provide specific evidence that the university meets the criteria for each of these areas. The teams will be reaching out to the campus for information this spring, and preparing over the coming years for the on-site visit during the 2016-17 academic year.

The Accreditation Steering Committee includes Dr. Dominic Barraclough, director of graduate studies; Dr. Matthew Roberts, professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering and special assistant to the vice chancellor for Administrative Services; Dr. Christina Curras, professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering; Dr. Laura Bayless, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Dawn Drake, executive director of Alternative Delivery Systems; Tara Krueger, outreach specialist with the Distance Learning Center; Dr. Shane Drefcinski, professor in the humanities department; Dr. Colleen McCabe, associate professor and program coordinator for Health and Human Performance; James Mueller, executive director of Auxiliary Services; and Mark Mailloux, director of Institutional Research at UW-Platteville.

HLC is an independent corporation and a commission member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ¬– one of six regional accreditation agencies in the United States. Through accreditation, the HLC grants institutions membership into the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Additional information on the re-accreditation process, including timelines and university communication, can be found at www.uwplatt.edu/hlc.

Contact: Dr. Sharon Klavins, department of biology and chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee, (608) 342-1772, klavinss@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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