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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Evaluation Components

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/hlc/components.html

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Comprehensive Evaluation Preparation

Open Pathway - Year 10 Comprehensive Evaluation
Site Visit March 28-29, 2016

Key Evaluation Components:

Quality Initiative

What: Higher Learning Commission Academy Project Focusing on Student Learning that was launched in June 2011. The project is focused in three areas: Reviewing the current and implementing a revised comprehensive assessment system for general education outcomes; Designing, implementing and evaluating writing/writing intensive assessment; and Establishing a comprehensive assessment system for institutional student learning outcomes. The project will conclude in Spring 2015 with a Quality Initiative Report submitted to the Higher Learning Commission and participation in the Academy Results Forum.
Who: Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy Steering Committee
When: June 2011-June 2015 (Completed)
See the MSU, Mankato HLC Academy for Assessment of Student Learning

Federal Compliance Review

What: Review of 10 areas including: Assignment of Credits, Program Length, and Tuition; Institutional Records of Student Complaints; Publication of Transfer Policies; Practices for Verification of Student Identity; Title IV Program Responsibilities; Required Information for Students and the Public; Advertising and Recruitment Materials and Other Public Information; Review of Student Outcome Data; Standing with State and Other Agencies; Public Notification of Opportunity to Comment. Review results in submission of a comprehensive Federal Compliance Filing.
Who:
Student Financial Services, Registrar, Office of the Provost, Enrollment Operations, Student Affairs, and Office of the President
When: Completed during the 2014-2015/2015-2016 Academic Years

Year 10 Assurance Review

• Assurance Argument (Must be filed 4 weeks prior to on-site visit)
• Evidence Filing
(Is locked with assurance argument 4 weeks prior to on-site visit)
• Assumed Practices
(May be reviewed as deemed necessary during on-site visit)
What: Development of a web-based assurance argument (max. of 35,000 words) articulating how each Core Component within the Criteria is met, web-based evidence file with evidentiary materials directly supporting assurance argument and required by the Commission.
Who:
Assurance argument authors, Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, and an Intermittent HLC Assurance Sub-Committee established under the governance of the Assessment and Evaluation Sub-Meet (Approved 12/2012).
When: Fall 2014-Spring 2016

On-Site Visit - March 28-29, 2016

What: On-site 11⁄2 day visit focused on validating claims made in the institutions Assurance Argument and Evidence File. In addition, the visit includes a Federal Compliance review and other evaluations and required or requested.
Who:
Meetings will be held with the institution’s leadership, board, and various individuals and groups responsible for the content of the Assurance Argument and Evidence File.
When: March 28-29, 2016

Commission Decision-Making

The Commission staff brings together the reports from the Year 10 Assurance Review, the On-Site Visit, and the Quality Initiative and forwards them to the HLC Institutional Actions Council (IAC) for decision-making. In Year 10, the decision process includes Commission action regarding reaffirmation of accreditation and determines the institution’s future Pathway eligibility.