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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Campus Visit

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Peer Review

On March 28-29 2016, a five person peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission will visit Minnesota State University, Mankato. Peer review in accreditation is based on the fundamental assumption that quality in higher education is best served through a process that enables peers of the institution, informed by standards created and applied by professionals in higher education, to make the judgments essential to assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.

Before the Visit

Prior to visiting MSU, Mankato, the peer review team will spend several weeks carefully reviewing the University's Assurance Argument, verifying assertions made in the argument by examining supporting documents provided in an Electronic Resource Room, and identifying people and groups with whom they want to meet while on campus. In addition to the materials provided by MSU, Mankato, the peer review team will also read any comments submitted to the HLC through the Third-Party Comment process and results of a survey the HLC administers to students six weeks prior to the campus visit.

During the Visit

While on campus, the peer review team will likely spend time visiting various programs and departments, observing classrooms or co-curricular activities, and meeting with individuals and groups (including open forums with faculty, staff, and students). A schedule of the campus visit will be posted to this website as soon as it becomes available. The HLC Steering Committee has developed a set of sample questions peer review team members may ask, which is intended to be a helpful guide in preparing for the campus visi visit.

After the Visit

Several weeks after the campus visit, the peer review team will prepare a draft report, which will be sent to MSU, Mankato to review and correct any errors of fact. The team will then prepare a final report of its findings and recommendations for the reaffirmation of accreditation status. The University will receive a copy of this report and have an opportunity to provide a formal written response to the HLC. This response will become part of the official record of the evaluation. The HLC will review the final report and the University’s response and notify MSU, Mankato in writing when the review process is completed and final action by the HLC has been determined.