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March 15, 2007
The University's decennial accreditation effort is moving along. Based on nearly a year of data collection, document review, and multiple modes of input from faculty, staff and students the nine standards committees are completing first drafts for campus review.
Over the next two weeks the drafts are being posted on the campus accreditation web page.
The drafts will vary in terms of completeness and formatting. These are works in progress, but comments are invited (and a mechanism for comments is given on the web page.)
Comments will be taken and reviewed over the next two months. Final versions of the nine standards will be completed in May. We will then conduct a couple of month's worth of editing and formatting in preparation for a required August mailing to the site visit team from the Northwest Commission.
As a great deal of editing and formatting is still to be done, each standard is more concerned with how accurate and complete the document is in terms of addressing the specific elements of the Northwest standards than specific points of formatting and grammar.
Some suggested points of review are given on the web page. In addition to the web review, the accreditation team, led by Eric Herzik, political science professor, will hold at least two more campus forums or public meetings to invite comments.