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HLC Re-accreditation

HLC Self-Study Steering Committee

Self-Study Coordinator: Daniel Roos


Dr. Richard Shrubb
Dr. Diane Graber
Dr. Jeff Williamson
Al Brudelie
Mike Fury
Dennis Hampel
Lori Voss
Faculty and Staff
Kayla Westra
Dr. Steve Schultz
Pam Sukalski
Dr. Ruth Van Heukelom
Diane Wells
Mike Dierks
Mitz Diemer


Note: During the course of the self-study, several changes took place.
Dr. Diane Graber retired.
Dr. Steve Schultz withdrew from the committee to work on his sabbatical projects.
Dr. Ruth Van Heukelom took on half-time administration duties as director of the Associate Degree in nursing program.
Kayla Westra took a leave of absence from faculty to serve as Interim Dean of Technology and Distance Learning.


Self-Study Subcommittee Assignments


Subcommittee I – Criterion 1: Mission and Integrity
Co-chairs: Dennis Hampel and Mitz Diemer
The organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and processes that involve the board, administration, faculty, staff, and students.
Core component (CC) 1a –Minnesota West’s mission documents are clear and articulate publicly Minnesota West’s commitments.
Identify documents that contain Mission Statement
CC 1b – In its mission documents, Minnesota West recognizes the diversity of its learners, other constituencies, and the greater society it serves.
Describe the diversity of learners and constituencies: learners, faculty, and programs.
CC 1c – Understanding of and support for the mission pervade Minnesota West.
How well does everyone associated with Minnesota West understand the mission?
CC 1d – Minnesota West’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable Minnesota West to fulfill its mission.
How do administrative structures reflect mission and collaboration among groups?
AASC, Shared Governance, Appeals and Suspension, other standing committees and their functions.
CC 1e – Minnesota West upholds and protects its integrity
How can Minnesota West document its integrity?
Catalog statements, handbooks, syllabi, course outlines, audits, organizational charts, copyright laws, accreditations, audits; responses to complaints and grievances
Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities:


Subcommittee 2 – Criterion 2: Preparing for the future
Co-chairs: Lori Voss and Diane Wells
The organization’s allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
CC 2a – Minnesota West realistically prepares for future budgets
Strategic plan, technological advances, demographic trends (population, age, gender, ethnicity, and race), veterans services, “green programs,” campus foundations, budget planning timetables
CC 2b – Resource base
State funds, grants, tuition, current compensation and benefits, professional development/tuition waivers, recognition of achievement, housing, role in economic development of region
CC 2c – Ongoing assessment and evaluation
IDEA, faculty and staff evaluation, program reviews
CC 2d – All levels of planning align with the mission
Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities:


Subcommittee 3 – Criterion 3: Student Learning and Effective Teaching
Co-chairs – Jeff Williamson and Kayla Westra
The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.
CC 3a – Minnesota West’s goals for student learning outcomes are clearly stated for each educational program and make effective assessment possible.
Assessment Handbook, Course Outline form, Syllabus form, program descriptions, catalog, professional accreditations
CC 3b – Minnesota West values and supports effective teaching
Hiring procedures, certifications, minimum qualifications (contracts), faculty evaluations, faculty committees, curriculum review processes (local and AASC), Awards of Excellence, and CTL; online course surveys (IDEA Center); past programs including WAC and CAC. Smarthinking
CC 3c – Minnesota West creates effective learning environments
Science labs, arts labs, LARC, tutoring centers, Wi-Fi, counseling and advising, technical support in classrooms; campus environment, IT services
CC 3d – Learning resources support student learning and effective teaching
Curriculum design coordinator, LARC, Smarthinking, tutors, help desk, Desire 2 Learn, student email, advisory committees, technical hardware and software upgrades
Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities:


Subcommittee 4 – Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery, and Application of Knowledge
Co-Chairs: Diane Graber, Al Brudelie, and Steve Schultz
The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.
CC 4a – Minnesota West demonstrates, through the actions of its board, administration, students, faculty, and staff, that it values a life of learning
Structure of salary schedule, Professional Development plans, Awards of Excellence, CTL, faculty development funding; faculty participation in regional, national, and international conferences
CC 4b – Minnesota West demonstrates that acquisition of a breadth of knowledge and skills and the exercise of intellectual inquiry are integral to its educational program
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, Customized Training, Survival Spanish, NEH summer workshops
CC 4c – Minnesota West assesses the usefulness of its curricula to students who live and work in a global, diverse, and technological society
Program review, advisory boards, and industry and business surveys
CC 4d – Minnesota West provides support to ensure that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly
Policies and procedures
Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities:


Subcommittee 5 - Engagement and Service
Co-Chairs: Mike Fury, Pam Sukalski, and Ruth Van Heukelom
As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.
CC 5a – Minnesota West learns from the constituencies it serves and analyzes its capacity to serve their needs and expectations
Advisory boards, K-12 partnerships, business partnerships, internships, externships, clinical experiences, athletics
CC 5b – Minnesota West has the capacity and commitment to engage with its identified constituencies and communities
Workforce development, economic development, employment services, veterans’ services; community service of students, faculty, staff, administration
CC 5c – Minnesota West demonstrates its responsiveness to those constituencies that depend on it for services
Development of centers, online courses, ITV, Customized Training
CC 5d – Internal and external constituencies value the service Minnesota West provides
Alumni successes, surveys, third party comment, economic impact on the communities
Strengths, Challenges, and Opportunities: