UToledo Begins Preparing for Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Visit

October 28, 2019 | UToday
By Staff

More than 60 UToledo members have started to prepare for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

A kickoff breakfast took place Oct. 15 and featured guest speaker Dr. A. Gigi Fansler, vice president for accreditation relations at the Higher Learning Commission.

A team representing the Higher Learning Commission will conduct an on-site visit sometime in 2021-22.

To get ready for that visit, UToledo is putting together an assurance filing, made up of an assurance argument (commonly referred to as a self-study) that has links to materials in an evidence file. This narrative and supportive evidence will demonstrate that UToledo meets the Higher Learning Commission’s criteria for accreditation.

Those five criteria are:

• 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.”

Campus community members can learn more about how the University is preparing for the 10-year site visit on the UToledo Higher Learning Commission website.

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