HLC Self Study
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Impact of the 2002 Institutional Self-Study

A candid appraisal of Institutional strengths and challenges identified by the 2002 self-study process provided a framework for the College to improve during the follwing decade. The Challenges and Recommendations cited in the 2002 Higher Learning Commission’s comprehensive visit address the following four areas:

  1. Assessment of student academic achievement
  2. Specialized marketing and promotional materials
  3. Fine arts, humanities and occupational programs
  4. Americans with Disabilities Act plan

The Opportunities for Improvement cited in the 2002 Higher Learning Commission’s comprehensive visit address the following eight areas:

  1. Adjunct faculty without a master’s degree
  2. Review of the organization and the reporting functions
  3. Systematic review and analysis of a college-wide course schedule
  4. Integration of the SouthWest Skill Center and the College
  5. A college gallery and permanent collection
  6. Consideration of a child development center
  7. Inclusion of evening assignments in more residential faculty and residential counseling faculty schedules
  8. Management of the SouthWest Skill Center’s student records

These Challenges, Recommendations and Opportunities for Improvement were communicated to the entire college community. Each was assigned to a particular team consisting of employees from the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Academic Affairs
  • Business Services
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Occupational Education
  • SouthWest Skill Center
  • Student Academic Achievement Committee
  • Student Life
  • Student Services

Teams researched their assigned Challenge and Recommendation or Opportunity for Improvement, proposed a plan of action and then implemented that plan.