University of Northern Iowa Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Review

April 22, 2009


HLC Steering Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Presidential Room, Maucker Union
AGENDA
  1. Welcome - Bev
  2. April 15, 2009 meeting notes – Shirley
  3. FoE Transitions Dimension Report – Rick Vanderwall
  4. Discussion of Criterion 5 draft – Al
  5. Committee Updates - all
  6. For the good of the order
HLC Steering Committee

Meeting Notes
April 22, 2009
Presidential Room-Maucker Union

Present: Agee, Buse, Chatham-Carpenter, Cutter, Hays, Moser (for Kaparthi), Kopper, Martin, Morgan, Uehle, Vinton

Absent: Arthur, Hanish, Licari, Murtha, Neibauer, O’Connor, Patton, Pease, Upah, Wilson

Guest: Rick Vanderwall

  1. Welcome – Bev
  2. April 15, 2009 meeting notes – Shirley
    The notes stand as distributed.Foe Transitions Dimension report-Rick Vanderwall
    Rick gave a brief overview of the process his committee went through to compile their report. He is one of the co-chairs of the All Students Dimension – Kristi Marchesani is the other co-chair. Their report was given high marks from our FoE liaison but the committee gave the Dimension an overall grade of C+.
    • Karen indicated that Inez has talked with Terry Hogan about a Retention Study and Dr. Hogan wondered if this should be mentioned in the report. Rick thought they could add it in the current section since we don’t have any data to report yet. The project has not been submitted for IRB approval and doesn’t have a formal name, but Karen will get information to Rick by the end of the week.
    • Jon suggested a reference about the study could be made on p. 22 under Secondary Recommendations.
    • April suggested another bullet on p. 3 and/or 7 for warning and probation students. -Rick will be in contact with Karen or Inez to learn what services we provide so that a paragraph may be included.
    • Rick stated he has a list of changes they are responding to as a result of internal review.
    • On p. 2 - identifying needs – Bev asked if NSSE data was used in this section of the report. Rick thinks NSSE was discussed but this wasn’t one of the performance indicators that he worked with. He believes NSSE was utilized but he doesn’t know how. April suggested he email his committee and determine if they used NSSE data and if so, it needs to be included.
    • Bev wondered if NSSE should be a bullet on p. 4 – don’t include it under the Residence Life Report bullet since NSSE is used in other units in addition to residence life.
    • Donna will note some places in the report where NSSE data could be included and give her copy of the report to Rick.
    • Bev mentioned the Climate Survey – she feels there is some very relevant data for this section. The survey mentions harassment, feelings of acceptance, etc. You can break the data down into groups and look at just first year students.
    • Rick said his committee discussed the Climate Survey at their last meeting. They talked about what it would mean to go back and look at the survey data but they decided not to include it in their report.
    • How will the Climate Survey be handled regarding the FoE report?
    • April asked Kristin to go through the results of the Climate Survey and see where the data might fit into reports that have been generated.
    • Bev indicated the All Students Dimension report was well written. Rick gave credit to his committee.
  3. Discussion of Criterion 5 draft – Al
    • Al distributed a list of his committee members that was not included with the report.
    • The problem they are wrestling with is that when people perform community service at UNI, we don’t assess or evaluate the results. In the survey he sent out, only about ten mentioned assessment.
    • He sent an email to DDDH and asked for evaluations. What he’s received back so far is primarily testimonials that their program had positive feedback.
    • Some people have suggested we have a “front door”, an office that people could call regarding service. Al doesn’t think this would work because one person couldn’t know everything that is going on. Detailed information about one faculty member in any one department – it would be difficult to collect all the data.
    • Karen thought each department would know the research and service interests of their faculty.
    • Department heads have to submit a report on faculty that includes service.
    • Kristin indicated that Shashi just set up a community outreach section on his website.
    • Al indicated that the list in his report is not comprehensive but fairly representative of what happens at UNI. This shouldn’t be treated as scientific survey data. This is the first time a survey has been conducted on community service. The survey was sent to DDDH and it was up to them to decide what service activities in their department they wanted to report. You could argue whether this was more effective than sending it directly to faculty.
    • Bev said this is a unique chapter where you could place testimonials from students, businesses that have been served, photos of the devastation in Parkersburg, etc.
    • April pointed out on p. 16, the text sounds like non-profits serve only disadvantaged individuals.
    • Also on p. 27, when the class project is mentioned regarding Oral Communication classes – this is not a requirement across the board in Oral Communication sections. Maybe a couple of sections do a class project.
    • Bev and Donna mentioned that the third paragraph on p. 2 is not accurate.
    • Examples mentioned that could be included: Sustainability Conference, Volunteer Fair, Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley (rep comes to campus one day a week).
    • Siobahn gave Al the correct title of the course “Perspectives on Death and Dying” which is a LAC course. Also, when the current capstone model was defined, a service portion was included.
    • Al thinks they need to look at service hours that are required for majors. Programs like Social Work, Leisure Services, Athletic Training, and Health Promotion all have service based components.
    • Al indicated they couldn’t put every single thing in the report. His committee took the approach that this is representative – the report is illustrative, not comprehensive.
    • How do we know it’s illustrative – maybe a reference to the availability of the aggregated survey data should be included. Al thought there should be something in the report about how the data was collected. They used the survey, but also solicited information from certain units.
    • Al thought the final section on evaluation is one of our weaknesses – this is an opportunity to make a recommendation for something that we need to work on.
    • Other programs that could be mentioned in this chapter include: IMSEP, Iowa Core Curriculum, Buy Fresh Buy Local, Yards for Kids, transferiniowa.org (Regents universities have been working with community colleges on transfer agreements since 1972).
  4. For the good of the order
    • There was a question about summaries, evaluations and headings in the chapters. Bev suggested Shirley send out the document template to the entire committee as a reminder of what the chapters should look like.
    • Kate was thinking about when we send the draft out to the university community for comment – she thinks we need to explain why there’s a lot of overlap, repetitive references, etc.
    • Kate cautioned everyone to maintain all report draft copies since we will need to cite all documents that were used.
    • Kate has copied all documents from the FoEtec evidence library to SharePoint except commercial publications and committee minutes.
    • Bev suggested a change to our meeting schedule. She proposed we cancel the April 29 meeting; however, we would add a meeting on May 6. By that date, the final two FoE dimension reports would be ready for distribution and discussion. Also, we will talk about strategy for proceeding with the self-study over the summer.
    • Bev reported that she, Donna, Barbara and April met with our liaison at the HLC Annual meeting in Chicago. He suggested we look at the Monmouth College self-study report to see how they consolidated FoE into the HLC report.
    • Bev encouraged the committee to complete the survey from the Higher Learning Commission that she sent this morning. The HLC may change their criteria in the future and will use the survey results as guidance.

Next meeting: Wed., May 6, 3:15 p.m. Presidential Room.