Preparing for the Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation visit at Minnesota State University, Mankato entailed several challenges that arose within the three years prior to the visit: recent turnover in top administration posts, new initiatives in strategic planning, and plans to offer the institution’s first doctoral degrees, all of which had to be dealt with in the context of the HLC’s new criteria for accreditation. Thanks to the strong support of the new administration and established systems of self-governance, the Self-Study Committee was able to integrate and document the efforts of the administration, faculty, staff and students in meeting these challenges. The document became a focus for summarizing an array of new initiatives, assessing continued challenges, and preparing to address those challenges.
Larsson, Donald, Roca, Joan, and Olson, Scott, (2007). Self-Study as Self-Knowledge: Integrating Shared Governance and Planning Structures in the Self-Study Process. Proceedings of the 2007 Annual Meeting of The Higher Learning Commission. Chicago, April 20-24, 2007. A Collection of Papers of Self-Study and Institutional Improvement, 2007 (4) 44-47.
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