Higher Learning Commission Visit Countdown: 23 More Days!

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s preparation for the Higher Learning Commission’s upcoming visit may best be compared to students studying for a comprehensive final exam.

For the past two years we have prepared. Faculty, staff and students have worked diligently on an extensive self-study, which required months of compiling information, analyzing it and writing about how NWU meets the Commission’s five criteria for accreditation.

The campus community has further familiarized itself with the University’s mission statement and core values in an effort to thoroughly understand what makes Nebraska Wesleyan the place that it is.

The preparation is nearly complete. Now it’s time for the final exam.

On February 15-17, Nebraska Wesleyan will host a five-member visiting team for the University’s comprehensive evaluation for continued accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accreditation is important so students can receive federal financial aid, so credits will transfer to other accredited colleges and universities, so graduate and professional schools will consider NWU graduates for admission, and so the University can validate its quality to the external community.

The HLC’s visit will evaluate the entire University’s formal education activities, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, institutional resources, student achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with constituencies outside the institution. The last HLC visit occurred in 2000 and accreditation was continued for 10 years.

The self-study that has been prepared for the HLC visit covers five criteria:

• Mission and integrity

• Preparing for the future

• Student learning and effective teaching

• Acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge

• Engagement and service

The self-study culminated in a publication of the Nebraska Wesleyan Self-Study, a document submitted to HLC and the visiting team members in December.

Over the next few weeks, faculty, staff and students will receive more information about the HLC visit including details on open forums and a complete schedule of events for Feb. 15-17.

For questions about the visit or self-study, contact Bette Olson.