Illinois Wesleyan will undergo a comprehensive evaluation from the Higher Learning Commission October 3-4, 2016. Over these two days, there will be three Open Forum meetings concerning the Criteria for Accreditation and four Drop-In Sessions for University community members to speak to team members privately or in a group setting. The schedule of events is posted below. Please attend any of these events as your interest and schedule allows. Thank you all for your assistance over this four-year initiative!
Open Forum – Criteria 1 & 2 1:30-2:30PM, Ames Beckman Auditorium
Criterion 1: Mission
The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.
The mission is articulated publicly.
The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.
The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.
Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.
The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.
The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.
The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
The institution ensures that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.
Open Forum – Criteria 3 & 4 2:45-3:45PM, Ames Beckman Auditorium
Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support
The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.
Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.
The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.
The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs.
Drop-In Sessions 4:00-5:00PM Private in Ames 201A; Group in Ames Beckman Auditorium
Tuesday, October 4th
Drop-In Sessions 8:00 - 8:45AM Private in Ames 201A; Group in Ames Beckman Auditorium
Open Forum – Criterion 5 9:00-10:00AM, Ames Beckman Auditorium
Criterion 5: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
The institution works systematically to improve its performance.