Evaluation Team for University Accreditation Visits Truman

A team of eight peer reviewers, selected by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, will be on the Truman campus from Jan. 31-Feb. 2, culminating a process of self-study which began in fall 2003, and which has involved a large number of faculty, students, staff and administrators.

Truman is one of the first institutions to seek accreditation using new criteria developed for the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ). Although neither the process nor scope of the decennial accreditation process has altered, the goals and focus have changed considerably.

“We are pleased with both the process and results of our self-study,” Self-Study Chair Debra Kerby said. “Truman’s unique characteristics and outstanding achievements are evident throughout. Our dedication to student learning, to affordability, and to continuous improvement through assessment all fit well with the goals and concepts of PEAQ. New opportunities for future development and effort have become apparent. It has been a productive undertaking for the University and for all those involved.”

During their visit, the “consultant-evaluators” will gather information for their final report and recommendations. They will supplement self-study documentation in the Resource Center and other locations, observe the campus and engage in formal and informal discussions with students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Members of the Truman community can help by becoming familiar with the self-study process and conclusions by assisting consultant-evaluators on campus and providing accurate information. The entire self-study report “Realizing the Promise,” along with a concise Executive Summary, can be viewed at the VPAA Web site http://vpaa.truman.edu/communications/hlc/ . For further information, contact Doug Davenport at ddavenpo@truman.edu or Karen Smith at ksmith@truman.edu.

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