University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Thank You for the HLC efforts

Dear Campus Community:

The vice presidents and I want to extend our great thanks for the support of the massive, institution-wide reaccreditation self-study effort that has taken place during the past three years.  And thanks, as well, for the outstanding participation during the visit of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Site Visit Team this week.  We had widespread participation and members of the campus community were gracious in accommodating schedule changes – many of which were last minute as HLC team members discovered that they did – or did not – need additional information.  The HLC team members commented a number of times that the 306-page self-study was so thorough that it was not necessary to hold some of the meetings they had originally asked to be scheduled.

Now that the HLC site team has visited, it will be some time before we receive the final report.  We are confident that the University is in very good shape.  But whatever the final outcome of the report, we know that we will have work to do.  The self-study was a thorough examination.  It pointed out the many areas in which we are doing exceptional work, and it also identified areas that need improvement.  As one of the HLC team members pointed out, the reaccreditation process looks at the past ten years, but it prepares the University for the next decade.  We can be proud of what we have accomplished.  At the same time, we must address the areas where we need to make improvements.  And, together, we will.  I will address some of this in my State of the University address on Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.  I hope to see you all there.

For now, I leave you with a message from Joan Hawthorne, who along with other members of the HLC steering committee, did masterful work:

Now we get back to ‘normal,’ which will make it easy to put the work of the past months and years behind us.  However, if that work is to have the intended payoff, everyone across campus needs to stay involved in the opportunities for growth and improvement that were identified through the self-study process and which are aligned with the Exceptional UND vision.  So, as members of the HLC steering committee, we encourage you to watch for opportunities to do that in whatever ways are appropriate.  And on behalf of everyone on the steering committee, thanks again for your involvement and commitment.”

Robert O. Kelley

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