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1 Accreditation Liaison Officers (ALOs) MSCHE Annual Conference December 2011 Robert A. Schneider Senior Vice President

2 Who is the ALO? The primary contact with MSCHE staff The primary contact with MSCHE staff A resource to the institution on accreditation issues A resource to the institution on accreditation issues Someone with time, knowledge and authority to engage with president and others on campus on accreditation Someone with time, knowledge and authority to engage with president and others on campus on accreditation Not the president and not a consultant Not the president and not a consultant

3 ALO roles and responsibilities For Commission guidelines see: For Commission guidelines see: The Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) Role and Responsibilities http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---5-ALO-guidelines-122109.pdf For resources see: For resources see: ALO Orientation e-Packet http://www.msche.org/publications/ALO-Orientation-ePacket11.pdf

4 What does an ALO need to know? Commission Schedule Commission Schedule Accreditation Events and Cycles Accreditation Events and Cycles Annual Reporting Requirement (IP) Annual Reporting Requirement (IP) Follow-Up Reporting Requirements Follow-Up Reporting Requirements Handbooks contents Handbooks contents Policies, Guidelines & Procedures Policies, Guidelines & Procedures MSCHE Website Contents MSCHE Website Contents ALO Newsletter ALO Newsletter Workshops, Institutes, Conferences Workshops, Institutes, Conferences

5 Commission Meetings Full Commission meets early March, late June, and mid-November Full Commission meets early March, late June, and mid-November Takes action on recommendations following from Self-Study Evaluations, Periodic Review Reports, Follow-up Reports and Visits Takes action on recommendations following from Self-Study Evaluations, Periodic Review Reports, Follow-up Reports and Visits Actions communicated within 30 days of meetings Actions communicated within 30 days of meetings

6 Commission Schedule Committee meetings Committee meetings –Self-Study Evaluations: 3 x year –Periodic Review Reports: 4-5 x year (October) –Follow-up Reports: 3 x year –Substantive Change Requests: every other month (February, April, etc.) with deadline the first of the month before (January, March)

7 Accreditation Events and Cycles Self-study evaluation and visit: every ten years (except newly accredited: five years after first accreditation) Self-study evaluation and visit: every ten years (except newly accredited: five years after first accreditation) Periodic Review Report: five-year interim report between self-studies: always due June 1 Periodic Review Report: five-year interim report between self-studies: always due June 1 Annual Institutional Profile: due in April of each year Annual Institutional Profile: due in April of each year

8 Annual Institutional Profile Offers evaluation teams and staff a snapshot of an institution's structure, operations, finances, and accreditation status; Offers evaluation teams and staff a snapshot of an institution's structure, operations, finances, and accreditation status; Enables staff to monitor an individual institution's compliance with selected aspects of accreditation standards; Enables staff to monitor an individual institution's compliance with selected aspects of accreditation standards;

9 Annual Institutional Profile Updates the on-line member Directory of member and candidate institutions and the Statement of Accreditation Status; Updates the on-line member Directory of member and candidate institutions and the Statement of Accreditation Status; Provides the Commission with a basis for assessing dues; and Provides the Commission with a basis for assessing dues; and Assists staff in developing region-wide aggregate data. Assists staff in developing region-wide aggregate data.

10 Annual Institutional Profile http://www.msche.org/?Nav1=INSTITUTIONS&Na v2=IP&Nav3=INTRODUCTION http://www.msche.org/?Nav1=INSTITUTIONS&Na v2=IP&Nav3=INTRODUCTION

11 Follow-up Reports Can be requested as result of self-study evaluation, periodic review report, or previous follow-up report Can be requested as result of self-study evaluation, periodic review report, or previous follow-up report Progress report Progress report Monitoring report Monitoring report Supplemental report Supplemental report

12 Follow-up Reports See Guidelines: Follow-Up Reports and Visits See Guidelines: Follow-Up Reports and Visits http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---4-Follow-up- reports-and-visits-guidelines-122109.pdf http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---4-Follow-up- reports-and-visits-guidelines-122109.pdf

13 Know your handbooks!! Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation Handbook for Periodic Review Reports Handbook for Periodic Review Reports Self-Study: Creating a Useful Process and Report Self-Study: Creating a Useful Process and Report Team Visits: Conducting and Hosting an Evaluation Visit Team Visits: Conducting and Hosting an Evaluation Visit

14 Handbooks All available on our website, http://www.msche.org/publications.asp All available on our website, http://www.msche.org/publications.asp http://www.msche.org/publications.asp Can also be ordered at the website http://www.msche.org/myche/public/publi cations/publicationorderform.aspx Can also be ordered at the website http://www.msche.org/myche/public/publi cations/publicationorderform.aspx http://www.msche.org/myche/public/publi cations/publicationorderform.aspx http://www.msche.org/myche/public/publi cations/publicationorderform.aspx

15 Handbooks Check handbooks for information prior to contacting the Commission staff with questions Check handbooks for information prior to contacting the Commission staff with questions Self-studies are to be 100 pp single-spaced, 200 pp double-spaced Self-studies are to be 100 pp single-spaced, 200 pp double-spaced

16 Policies (categories) General Accreditation Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures General Accreditation Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures The Peer Review Process The Peer Review Process Institutional Programs and Services Institutional Programs and Services Public and Government Relationships and Communication Public and Government Relationships and Communication

17 Policies (categories) International Programs International Programs Commission Administrative Procedures Commission Administrative Procedures Complaints, Comments, and Appeals Complaints, Comments, and Appeals

18 Policies See Policies, Guidelines & Procedures index: See Policies, Guidelines & Procedures index: http://www.msche.org/?Nav1=POLICIES&Nav2=INDEX

19 Policies of special note Substantive Change Policy: http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---6- SubstantiveChange_4_.pdf Substantive Change Policy: http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---6- SubstantiveChange_4_.pdf http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---6- SubstantiveChange_4_.pdf http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---6- SubstantiveChange_4_.pdf Substantive Change Processes: http://www.msche.org/documents/Substantive- Change-Processes-New-Version-January- 2011.pdf Substantive Change Processes: http://www.msche.org/documents/Substantive- Change-Processes-New-Version-January- 2011.pdf http://www.msche.org/documents/Substantive- Change-Processes-New-Version-January- 2011.pdf http://www.msche.org/documents/Substantive- Change-Processes-New-Version-January- 2011.pdf Substantive Change Visits to Branch Campuses and Additional Locations: http://www.msche.org/documents/P2.8- SubChangeVisits.doc Substantive Change Visits to Branch Campuses and Additional Locations: http://www.msche.org/documents/P2.8- SubChangeVisits.doc http://www.msche.org/documents/P2.8- SubChangeVisits.doc http://www.msche.org/documents/P2.8- SubChangeVisits.doc

20 Policies of Special Note Schedule of Dues and Fees: http://www.msche.org/documents/P1.8- Dues4111[1].doc Schedule of Dues and Fees: http://www.msche.org/documents/P1.8- Dues4111[1].doc http://www.msche.org/documents/P1.8- Dues4111[1].doc http://www.msche.org/documents/P1.8- Dues4111[1].doc Selection of Peer Evaluators: Selection of Peer Evaluators: http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---3- Selection-of-Peer-Evaluator-guidelines- 122109.pdf http://www.msche.org/documents/6B---3- Selection-of-Peer-Evaluator-guidelines- 122109.pdf

21 Policies of Special Note Contracts by Accredited and Candidate Institutions For Education-Related Services: Contracts by Accredited and Candidate Institutions For Education-Related Services: http://www.msche.org/documents/P3.2- ContractsforServices[1].doc http://www.msche.org/documents/P3.2- ContractsforServices[1].doc

22 Special note regarding policies They change! They change! Be sure to check the website for most up-to- date Be sure to check the website for most up-to- date Changes due to HEOA, etc. Changes due to HEOA, etc.

23 MSCHE website

24 www.msche.org Institutions Institutions Alpha order: all candidate and accredited institutions Alpha order: all candidate and accredited institutions Basic directory information, institutional website link, date of accreditation and latest reaffirmation Basic directory information, institutional website link, date of accreditation and latest reaffirmation Statement of Accreditation Status and Detail View Statement of Accreditation Status and Detail View

25 ALO Newsletter MSCHE ALO Newsletter is published five times each year: Early Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Spring, and Summer. MSCHE ALO Newsletter is published five times each year: Early Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Spring, and Summer. ALO Newsletters are also archived on our website: ALO Newsletters are also archived on our website: http://www.msche.org/news_newsletter.asp

26 MSCHE events Self-Study Institute (invitation) Self-Study Institute (invitation) Periodic Review Report Workshop (invitation) Periodic Review Report Workshop (invitation) Chairs and Evaluators Workshop (invitation) Chairs and Evaluators Workshop (invitation) Annual conference Annual conference Assessment Workshops Assessment Workshops Planning and Assessment Workshops Planning and Assessment Workshops

27 Final tips Check the website regularly Check the website regularly Check with the presidents office upon receipt of MSCHE communications to make sure they receive prompt attention Check with the presidents office upon receipt of MSCHE communications to make sure they receive prompt attention Keep up with due dates for reports Keep up with due dates for reports Communicate with constituencies as needed Communicate with constituencies as needed Get to know your Commission liaison! Get to know your Commission liaison!


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