Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Self-Study Underway at Peru State
(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will celebrate its two-year reaccreditation process through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools during a welcome back tailgate and other festivities for students, staff and community members on Saturday, Aug. 28.
The day’s events, which are free and open to the public, are as follows:
10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Carnival, T.J. Majors Green
11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Tailgate, Library Green (with live music by band Gladys Kravitz)
1 p.m. - Football vs. Concordia University, Oak Bowl
*In the event of rain, the tailgate will be held in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.
PSC, which has been accredited by the HLC since 1915, engages in the accreditation process as a way to assure the public and prospective students that the institution meets specific institutional requirements and criteria, providing public certification of institutional quality as well as the opportunity for critical self-analysis and self-improvement. As part of the process, the college opens itself to outside examination by experienced evaluators familiar with accrediting requirements and higher education.
The Self-Study Committee (and sub committees) is comprised of a wide variety of campus personnel, including 35 administrators and faculty. The group is charged with collecting and evaluating information about college programs and operations, resulting in recommendations for how the college can enhance its programs and services to students and the community.
The goals of the Self-Study process are as follows:
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of real and perceived institutional strengths and weaknesses in each of the Criteria for Accreditation areas and each of the National Survey of Student Engagement Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice: level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment.
- Define strategies for continued success and quality enhancement in the areas of academic programming and enrollment management (recruitment and retention).
- Develop a common understanding and commitment to the above and a recommitment to the college’s mission.
- Use the above as a foundation for a five-year strategic plan.PSC’s theme for the reaccreditation process is “Essential Engagement - Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness and Reputation.”
President Dan Hanson said, “The theme for our reaccreditation process is an intentional choice that emphasizes one of Peru State’s biggest strengths – the personal attention our students receive. It also guides how we live out our mission as educators, emphasizing strong interaction with students, the broader community and the world.”
HLC Self-Study Steering Committee Chair and Associate Professor of Business Christy Hutchison said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for all members of the college community to reflect on ways we can better engage our students in learning, research, and application of knowledge to innovative solutions."
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was founded in 1895 for the purpose of establishing close relations between the colleges and secondary schools of the region. Throughout its history, the Association has been committed to the improvement of education at all levels through evaluation and accreditation. Today, the Association is a membership organization of colleges and schools in 19 states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming), Department of Defense schools, and the schools and colleges in sovereign U.S. tribal nations within the 19 states.