Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

UW-Whitewater will welcome a five-member team from the Higher Learning Commission to campus Oct. 3-4, as part of its reaccreditation process. Accreditation through HLC provides assurance to students of educational quality, ensures that academic credits are eligible for transfer to other accredited institutions, qualifies UW-Whitewater to pursue funding through federal grant programs, and ensures that its students are eligible for federal student aid. 

Here is the agenda of open meetings for the visit:

Open Forums about Accreditation Topics:

Open Forum on Criteria #1 and #2 (Mission, Integrity, and Responsible Conduct)

  • Monday, Oct. 3, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., UC 275

Open Forum on Criteria #3 and #4 (Teaching and Learning)

  • Monday, Oct. 3, 2:45-3:45 p.m., UC 275

Open Forum on Criteria #5 (Planning and Institutional Priorities)

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9:15-10:15 a.m., UC 275

Faculty Sessions:

Open session for Tenured Faculty

  • Monday, Oct. 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m., UC 275

 Open session for Untenured Faculty

  • Monday, Oct. 3, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Hyland 4303


In order to prepare for the meetings, we encourage you to review the HLC Criteria for Accreditation and the questions below.

  1. What do you know about accreditation?
  2. What do you know about the Higher Learning Commission?
  3. Have you seen or read UWW’s Assurance Argument?
  4. How would you describe UWW’s mission? Do you know where you would find the official statement?
  5. How does your department contribute to UWW’s mission?
  6. How do you contribute to the UWW’s mission?
  7. What are UWW’s current strategic planning priorities?
  8. What are UWW’s greatest strengths?
  9. What are the biggest challenges facing UWW? How about challenges specific to your department?
  10. What makes UWW unique in compared to our neighboring university peers?
  11. How would you describe the campus climate for diversity?
  12. What is it like to work at UWW? How is morale on campus?
  13. Do you think academics are the top priority at UWW? Why or why not?
  14. Describe any campus processes that could be improved or made more efficient.
  15. What kind of changes are taking place at UW in the next year? Do you see these as positive or not?
  1. What are the characteristics of a UWW education?
  2. What is your department’s vision for the future? How does this relate to UWW’s vision?
  3. Talk about shared governance and how faculty participate in decision-making at different levels of the college.
  4. How would you describe the relationship between faculty and administration? What works and what needs improvement?
  5. Describe the relationship between UW’s departments and divisions. What collaborations currently exist?
  6. What resources are available to support faculty (e.g., library, faculty professional development, travel, etc.)? Are these sufficient in meeting faculty needs?
  7. Is your department actively involved in assessing student learning? How has your department used its assessment findings? What evidence do you have that students achieve your program’s intended learning outcomes?
  8. How are your students doing once they graduate?
  9. Are you involved in research? How does the research further UWW’s mission?
  10. What opportunities do students in your program have to gain experience with research? Community or civic engagement? Diversity or multiculturalism?
  11. What is the purpose of UWW’s general education program? In what ways does the program achieve its goals for students? How could it be improved?
  12. For some common faculty issues (workload, salary, paid leaves, etc.), what works well and what needs to be improved?
  13. What is the role of faculty in ensuring academic quality?
  14. Does your department offer courses or programs via distance education? If so, how does the department ensure the quality of the curriculum regardless of how or where it is delivered?
  1. How does your department support the academic mission of the university?
  2. What is it like to be a staff member at UWW?
  3. What opportunities do you have for professional development? Are staff members treated equitably in their access to these opportunities?
  4. How are staff evaluated at UW? What is your impression of the evaluation process?
  5. How are staff involved in campus decision---making processes? Do you think staff have sufficient input into decisions that affect them?
  6. How would you describe the relationship between staff and administration? What works and what could be improved?
  7. What are some important benefits about working at UWW? What do you like best about your job? What would you change if you could?
  8. How do departments across campus work collaboratively? What works well and what could be improved?
  9. Do you feel that the work you do is valued by administration? Faculty? Other staff members? Students?
  10. How does your department contribute to student learning and development?
  11. How does your department assess or evaluate effectiveness?
  1. Why did you choose to enroll at UWW? Have your expectations been met?
  2. What do you think is special about a UWW education?
  3. Would you recommend UWW to other students?
  4. What do you like best about UWW? What would you change if you could?
  5. Have you experienced any problems getting the courses you need in a timely manner?
  6. Describe your experiences with academic advising.
  7. Do you know where to go for help with the following? (a) academic support; (b) career planning; (c) personal counseling; (e) making a complaint; (f) technology support.
  8. How is the relationship between students and faculty?
  9. What opportunities do you have to conduct research? Participate in community or service learning experiences? Internships? Interact with people and cultures different from your own? Gain real world experience related to your educational and career goals?
  10. If you have transferred in credits, what was the experience like for you?