The University of Toledo is encouraging students to participate in the Higher Learning Commission’s student opinion survey as part of the accreditation process.
A link to the survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, was emailed to students on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Students have until Sept. 16 to provide their answers, which are anonymous. A summary of the input will be provided to the peer review team representing the Higher Learning Commission during a site visit Nov. 8 and 9.
The Higher Learning Commission is the institutional accrediting body that comprehensively evaluates the University. The criteria for accreditation includes:
• Mission — The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
• Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct — The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
• Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support — The institution provides quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.
• Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement — The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
• Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning — The institution’s resources, structures, processes and planning are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
The student opinion survey is one component of the accreditation process. The comprehensive evaluation also includes submission and review of an assurance filing, also known as a self-study, demonstrating compliance with the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation and a federal compliance review.
During the campus visit in November, the review team may hold open forums for students, faculty and staff.