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To the Missouri S&T Community,
During the 2008-09 academic year, Missouri S&T will undergo an institution-wide accreditation review.
Missouri University of Science and Technology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. We were last reviewed in 1998 and received re-accreditation for ten years. The self-study process is now underway and will culminate in a visit by an external team of reviewer/consultants in Spring 2009.
Accreditation is an activity of great importance for the University. Evaluating the past and present and planning for our future ensures currency, quality, and viability. Every unit on this campus contributes to the learning environment we strive to create. To that end all units are expected to contribute to the re-accreditation self-study.
Being accredited is the gateway to participating in federal and state programs of benefit to higher education. Missouri S&T students received over eighteen million dollars in federal financial aid in FY05 alone---and only accredited institutions may participate in financial aid programs. The national conversation on accountability is ongoing at the state and federal levels of our government. Legislators and families want to know if our educational programs are "worth it"---if they are doing for students what we say they do. Undergoing voluntary accreditation is a significant way for us to answer those calls for accountability.
The accreditation process has changed dramatically in the last ten years. It now requires evidence-based reporting linked to assessment. And in addition, we are asked to demonstrate that we are using those assessment outcomes for continuing improvement. Over the next year, all departments will be asked to provide such evidence-based reporting. This evidence should be readily available from the student learning outcomes assessment plans which colleges and departments have been engaged in developing and implementing. It will form the "compliance" portion of the Missouri S&T re-accreditation self-study. Dr. Harvest L. Collier, Vice Provost, Office of Undergraduate and Graduate studies will coordinate this effort by directing a cross-campus steering committee.
Preparing for our institutional re-accreditation will require cooperation and assistance by all academic and non-academic units on campus. The process of self study in which we are now engaged is intended to encourage our ongoing efforts in assessment and improvement, and give us an opportunity to demonstrate our many strengths and points of excellence.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the University.