UT finalizes self-study, prepares for Higher Learning Commission site visit

December 8, 2011 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The University of Toledo is putting the final touches on a comprehensive self-study report to submit to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools by the end of the month as part of the continued accreditation process.

The self-study is a comprehensive analysis of the institution’s history, program descriptions, policies and procedures.

The UT Board of Trustees endorsed the report at its Nov. 28 meeting and commented that the process gives the University the opportunity to review its practices and actions to confirm they are consistent with the mission and strategic direction, as well as to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

President Lloyd Jacobs complimented the people involved in creating the detailed report and said it has high value for the institution. UT Trustee Susan Palmer, who served on a committee for the self-study preparation, thanked the dedicated faculty and staff who worked with the administration on the important document.

The self-study report will be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in advance of the site visit scheduled for Feb. 27-29.

The Higher Learning Commission will evaluate the University to ensure it meets all five of the criterion needed to maintain accreditation: mission and integrity; planning for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.

The UT community had a number of opportunities to provide input and feedback for the self-study, and those contributions were highly valued by the team putting it together, said Dr. Penny Poplin Gosetti, vice provost for assessment and strategic planning, who is serving as administrative coordinator of the Higher Learning Commission preparations.

“I would like to thank everybody involved in the self-study report for their hard work and dedication as we compiled such a large amount of information about our institution,” Poplin Gosetti said. “We look forward to the months ahead as we continue to prepare for the Higher Learning Commission’s site visit to make sure that all faculty, staff and students understand the importance of continued accreditation and how they can help.”

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