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The University of Iowa Reaccreditation Work Site 2006-2008
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Process and Timeline

Reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission involves an extensive self-study followed by a site visit by an external team of consultant-evaluators. The UI self-study process began in October 2005 with the appointment of a self-study steering committee.

Sub-committees to address the five themes of the self-study were created in Spring 2006 and will collect and analyze data and develop reports during the 2006-2007 academic year.

A draft self-study report, prepared by the Steering Committee, will be available for campus comment in Fall 2007. The final report will be delivered to the Higher Learning Commission in February 2008.

The Higher Learning Commission consultant-evaluator team will visit The University of Iowa April 28-30, 2008. A report from that team is anticipated shortly after the visit.

Project Timeline

June, 2005

Provost commissions the University of Iowa Center for Research in Undergraduate Education (CRUE; Ernest Pascarella and Elizabeth Whitt, co-directors) to perform a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative study of the undergraduate experience at the University of Iowa

October, 2005

Steering committee convened to develop self-study proposal and plan process

January, 2006

Study of current status of outcomes assessment in the majors

April, 2006

Study of teaching assistant preparation

March-April, 2006

Subcommittees appointed

May, 2006

Subcommittee preliminary work plans due to steering committee

Fall, 2006

Appointment of team to assemble evidence relevant to the criteria from areas outside the special emphasis.

September 15, 2006

Steering Committee meets

September 29, 2006

Subcommittee work plans due to steering committee.

October 4, 2006

Steering Committee review sub-committee work plans; Develop data collection matrices and strategies across the sub-committees.

October 2006 – January 29, 2007

Collection of data identified in subcommittee work plans.

October 6, 2006

Steering Committee meets with sub-committee chairs to address questions and provide feedback about work plans

October 18, 2006

Final sub-committee work plans due to the Steering Committee

October 20, 2006

Steering Committee meets

November 3, 2006

Steering Committee meets

November 17, 2006

Steering Committee meets

Thanksgiving Break

Suggested deadline for conducting interviews with students

December 1, 2006

Steering Committee meets

December 15, 2006 Steering Committee meets

January 19 , 2007

Steering Committee meets

January 29, 2007

Deadline for data collection by sub-committees

February 2, 2007 Steering Committee/Subcommittee Chairs meet
February 16, 2007 Steering Committee meets
March 2, 2007 Steering Committee meets

March 30, 2007

Draft reports from subcommittees due to Steering Committee

April 6, 2007 Steering Committee meets

April 13, 2007

Deadline for feedback from Steering Committee to the sub-committees

April 20, 2007 Steering Committee meets
May 4, 2007 Steering Committee meets

June 1, 2007

Final reports from subcommittees due to Steering Committee

June 2007- September 2007

Draft self-study written based on subcommittee reports

September 2007-October 2007

Campus comment period; Refine draft based on campus comments and prepare final text

November 2007-January 2008

Self-study print and web production

February, 2008


February 28, 2008

Distribution of self-study to consultant-evaluator team

April 28-30, 2008

Consultant-evaluator team visits campus

Summer, 2008

Prepare response to consultant-evaluators’ report.

Summer, 2008

Convene Steering Committee to produce “lessons-learned” document

Summer, 2008

Identify meta-review team. Charge team with evaluating and setting priorities among recommendations of consultant-evaluators and preparing an implementation plan, to be delivered by November 2008

Summer, 2010

Report to inform HLC of recommendations and utilization of findings



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