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 NCA Self-Study Plan (Fall 1999)
 
Table of Contents 

NCA Steering Committee Membership 
Steering Committee Duties 
Goals for the Self-Study Process 
Table of Contents for Self-Study Report 
Comprehensive Evaluation Process 
Self-Study Calendar and Timetable  


NCA Steering Committee Membership (1999-2000)  

Dr. Robert Arbuckle President 
Mr. Thomas Bugbee Vice President for Student Programs and Services 
Dr. George Denger Criterion One Chair, Assistant Professor of Speech 
Dr. Polly Fields Criterion Two Chair, Associate Professor of English 
Ms. Kay Floyd Self-Study Report Editor, Director of Grants and Contracts 
Mr. James Madden Criterion Four Chair, Professor of Criminal Justice 
Dr. Donald McCrimmon Acting Executive Vice President and Provost, Committee Chair 
Ms. Debra McPherson Faculty Association President 
Dr. Dennis Merkel Coordinator and Criterion Three Chair, Special Assistant to the Provost, Associate Professor of Biology 
Dr. Susan Ratwik Professor of Psychology 
Mr. Scott Smart Acting Vice President for Business and Financial Operations 
Ms. Heidi Witucki Criterion Five Chair, Upward Bound Director 


Steering Committee Duties 

The primary tasks of the Steering Committee are: 

To coordinate implementation of the Self-Study Plan 

  1. To oversee the preparation of the Self-Study Report 
  2. To provide assurance that the patterns of evidence provided demonstrate that Lake Superior State University has met: 
    1. the 24 General Institutional Requirements (GIR) 
    2. the five Criteria for Accreditation; and 
    3. the concerns set forth in the last self-study process 
  3. To ensure that the University has fairly examined any difficult or controversial issues and self-reported concerns uncovered by self-examination 

Goals for the Self-Study Process 

Goal 1 
Lake Superior State University will demonstrate that the University satisfies the five criteria and 24 general institutional requirements for reaccreditation by North Central Association for Colleges and Schools. 
 
Goal 2 
The self-study process will involve a broad representation of the University community. 
 
Goal 3 
The self-study process will foster openness among University constituents, enhance information sharing, and stimulate dialogue about present concerns and future directions. 
 
Goal 4 
The recommendations and action plans developed, as a result of the self-study process, will be incorporated into the University’s next strategic plan update. 

Table of Contents for the Self-Study Report 

Introduction 

A. Lake Superior State University: Past and Present 
B. Accreditation History 
C. Purposes of the Self-Study Report 
D. Self-Study Report 
E. Self-Study Process 
F. Response to NCA Team Reports (1991, 1994, 1998) and Response to Staff Analysis of Progress Reports 
G. Significant Developments Since 1990-91 
Chapter 1--Criterion One: Clear and Publicly Stated Purpose 
A. Introduction 
B. Mission and Vision Statements 
C. Goals 
D. Operational Significance of the Mission and Goals 
E. National and Regional Recognition of University’s Commitment to Higher Education 
F. Summary Strengths and Challenges 
Chapter 2--Criterion Two: Effectively Organized Resources 
A. Introduction 
B. Organization and Governance 
C. Human Resources: Faculty, Staff, and Students 
D. Financial Resources 
E. Physical Resources 
F. Information Technology & Resources 
G. Business/Financial Operations Resources 
H. Student Services Resources 
I. Learning Center Resources 
J. Summary Strengths and Challenges 
Chapter 3--Criterion Three: Accomplishing Educational and Other Purposes 
A. Introduction 
B. Academic Programs 
  1. General Education 
  2. Masters in Business Administration 
  3. Masters in Public Administration 
  4. Academic Delivery—Continuing Education, Distance Education 
C. Academic Colleges and Schools 
1. College of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences 
a. School of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and Education 
b. School of English and Speech 
c. School of History and Humanities 
d. School of Social Sciences 
2. College of Business and Economics 
3. College of Engineering and Mathematics 
a. School of Engineering and Technology 
b. School of Mathematics and Computer Science 
4. College of Natural and Health Sciences 
a. School of Natural Sciences 
b. School of Nursing and Health Sciences 
5. University College 
D. Assessment 
  1. Introduction 
  2. History 
  3. Assessment of General Education 
  4. Assessment of the University Environment 
E. Student and Faculty Academic Services 
F. Student Support Services 
G. Service to Community and Region 
  1. Faculty and Staff Participation 
  2. Outreach and Extension 
H. Summary Strengths and Challenges 
Chapter 4--Criterion Four: Continue to Accomplish Purposes 
A. Introduction 
B. Strategic Planning Process 
C. Impact of Self-Study Process 
D. Issues for the Next Decade and the New Millennium 
E. Summary Strengths and Challenges 
Chapter 5--Criterion 5: Demonstrate Integrity in Practices and Relationships 
A. Introduction 
B. University Publications 
C. Policies and Practices for Resolution of Internal Disputes 
D. Policies and Practices for Equitable Treatment 
E. Institutional Publications, Statements, and Advertising 
F. Relationships with Other Institutions of Higher Education 
G. Appropriate Support for Shared Resources 
H. Policies and Procedures Regarding Institutional Relationships and Responsibility 
I. Oversight Processes for Monitoring Contractual Arrangements with Government, Industry, and Other Organizations 
J. Summary Strengths and Challenges 
 
Chapter 6--Summary and Request for Continued Accreditation
A. Basic Institutional Data Forms 
B. General Institutional Requirements 
C. List of Items Available in Resource Room 
D. Self-Study Subcommittees 

E. University Committees 

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