The Higher Learning Commission is one of six
regional comprehensive accrediting groups that function in the United States to
provide institutions, like The University of Findlay, the parameters to do a
self-evaluation. To assist the University in this self-study, the Higher
Learning Commission has established a recently revised set of five criteria
that will guide our evaluative work. We will use the following criteria as the
parameters of our self-study in an effort to enhance the quality and
effectiveness of the University.
Criterion 1 - Mission
Is the University’s mission clear, communicated
with openness to the public, and does it drive operations and
decision-making? How well do supporting
documents of the mission (vision, goals and priorities) flow from the mission?
Do Findlay’s planning and budgeting processes inform each other and are they
aligned to the mission? In what ways does diversity characterize the
institution? How does the University serve the local, regional and
Criterion 2 – Integrity
Is the University carrying out its mission
ethically and responsibly? Does the institution represent itself to all of its
constituencies in an open, clear and complete manner in regard to programs,
costs, relationships and programs? Do the board, faculty, staff and students
have the ability and freedom to carry out their respective functions?
Criterion 3 – Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and
Is the University providing high-quality
education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered? Does the
institution provide degree programs that are appropriate to higher education? Are intellectual inquiry and the acquisition,
application and integration of broad learning and skills key to University’s
educational programs? How does the University provide resources and the
appropriate environment for the faculty, staff and students to support learning
and effective teaching?
Criterion 4 – Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
University engaged in regular evaluation of its programs? Does the institution
demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement reflected in assessment of
student learning? Is Findlay actively seeking to enhance retention, persistence
and the completion rates in all of its programs?
Criterion 5 – Resources and Planning
Is the University managing its resources
appropriately to provide current and future educational programs? Does the
institution’s leadership have the autonomy and authority necessary to provide
effective leadership? Is the institution engaged in systematic and integrated