HLC Open Forum – May 2

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Dear Colleagues:

UMKC needs your engagement in the accreditation process for our university.

If you were unable to participate in our first open forum earlier this Spring, please join me and members of our Higher Learning Commission team for our second open forum on Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 am in the Health Sciences Building #4301, as we seek your input and answer your questions about our assurance argument and evidence collection.

I know you are busy, and still I hope you will make time to attend. Your involvement and contributions are critical to the reaffirmation of UMKC’s HLC accreditation.

The forum will enhance your awareness of how we strive for campus-wide excellence, even as you work toward excellence in your own unit. Accreditation holds our university to a high standard of quality and provides confirmation that we are living up to our promise to students: to offer them the best educational experience possible. Furthermore, as an accredited university, we are able to generate more research dollars and recruit renowned faculty to teach and discover here at UMKC. Finally, our value to the community we serve is dependent upon our accreditation; it is how our constituents certify our position as a leader in learning.

Each of us has a part to play in ensuring that we are complying with the standards we have set for ourselves and the university. Your participation is critical to ensuring we are putting our best foot forward.

In Fall 2017, I asked Cindy Pemberton and Ken Novak to serve as co-chairs of UMKC’s HLC Accreditation Steering Team, and I asked more than 50 of our colleagues to work on preparing UMKC for our upcoming HLC site visit on December 2 and 3, 2019.

I am deeply grateful to this group for having done the heavy lifting and, at times, tedious work over the past 18 months to gather evidence and craft assurance arguments for the HLC reviewers.

More information can be found at https://info.umkc.edu/accreditation/hlc/

Thank you for considering this request, and thanks again to the co-chairs, the Steering Team, committee members, and to university leaders who have been working so hard on this initiative.

I look forward to seeing you this Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 am in HSB #4301.



Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Professor of Management


slide deck:  May 2 2019__HLC Town Hall Presentation

Bulle-TEN Issue 1 of 10

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  1. Welcome to Bulle-TEN, a ten-issue newsletter designed to help you prepare for UMKC’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation comprehensive evaluation and institutional site visit. Each issue will consist of ten bits of information, announcements, resources, and invitations to participate.
  2. Mark your calendars for the institutional site visit, December 2 and 3, 2019. As the visit nears, HLC Co-Chairs will make specific requests for meetings and/or serving as a resource.
  3. What is HLC and why does it matter? Come find out at 1 of 2 town hall events. 1) Wednesday, March 6 in Pierson Auditorium from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 2) Thursday, May 2 in the Health Sciences Building, Room 4301, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
  4. Student success is a shared responsibility. Come to one of three forums to learn more about the student success model and help name it. 1) Wednesday, February 27: Volker Campus, Student Union, Room 401AD, 3-4 p.m. 2) Thursday, February 28: Volker Campus, Student Union, Room 401AD, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 3) Friday, March 8, Student Success Model (Rescheduled from 2/20) – Health Sciences Campus HSB #3301.
  5. It’s never too early to tidy your website. Around April, HLC will begin identifying the peer review team who will conduct our site visit in December. The first thing peer reviewers will do is visit our website. Please help out by making sure your website is up-to-date.
  6. Website search woes. While on the topic of the UMKC website, MCOMM will be promoting specific URLs and search terms so that the latest pages and most accurate information comes to the top of the search. If there are pages that you have difficulty finding, please let Alexis know by completing this online form.
  7. Members of the HLC Criterion Committees are currently revising assurance arguments. They may be contacting you for evidence such as meeting summaries or reports. Upcoming due date for revised assurance argument: April 1, 2019
  8. Resource: HLC’s Assumed Practices. “Foundational to the Criteria and Core Components is a set of practices shared by institutions of higher education in the United States. Unlike Criteria and Core Components, these Assumed Practices are (1) generally matters to be determined as facts, rather than matters requiring professional judgment and (2) unlikely to vary by institutional mission or context.”
  9. Resource: HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.  HLC has 5 criteria and federal compliance against which the peer reviewers will evaluate UMKC. For over a year now, committee work groups have been reviewing the criteria and preparing an assurance argument based on evidence.
  10. Resource: UMKC Accreditation website.

Thank you,

HLC Co-Chairs: Cindy Pemberton, PhD and Ken Novak, PhD

HLC Lead Assurance Argument Writer: Alexis Petri, EdD

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