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Release Date: 11-07-2007
Contact: University Communications Staff
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Three open forums have been scheduled throughout November to draw broad participation in UVM's self-study and accreditation process. Each forum will introduce the standards for accreditation set by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to make themselves part of UVM's institutional self-study.

Associate provost Jill Tarule and dean of libraries and learning resources Mara Saule, co-chairs of UVM's accreditation committee, organized the open forums to engage people in a conversation about the university's sense of place and purpose. Emerging themes will help set the tone for UVM's self-study report.

The self-study evaluates how well UVM is pursuing its mission and goals; and assesses how university accomplishments meet 11 standards set by NEASC. The resulting report will be submitted to NEASC in late fall of 2008, which sets the stage for a visit by an evaluation team, April 19-22, 2009.

Forum dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3 - 4 p.m., John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30 -- 7:30 p.m., Livak Room, Davis Center
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Memorial Lounge, Waterman

Questions about the open forums should be directed to Nancy Bercaw at 656-2020 or Nancy.Bercaw@uvm.edu. Information about UVM's self study and accreditation can be found at http://www.uvm.edu/accreditation. Additional information about NEASC and the accreditation process can be found at http://www.neasc.org/cihe/cihe.htm.




UVM Begins 10-Year Self Study and Accreditation Process

By Nancy Stearns Bercaw
Article published September 19, 2007

How do students, faculty and staff put the UVM experience into words? The question was posed to 70-plus members of the university community during a kick-off meeting for UVM's 10-year re-accreditation on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Davis Center. President Daniel Mark Fogel welcomed the group and thanked them for participating in the 18-month process.

Representing all areas of the university, the group will carry out an in-depth institutional self-study and craft a report of their findings as a prelude to re-accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The self study will evaluate how well UVM is pursuing its mission and goals and assess how university accomplishments meet 11 standards set by NEASC. The report will be submitted to NEASC in late fall of 2008, setting the stage for a visit by an evaluation team, April 19-22, 2009.

"In addition to serving as an application for continuing accreditation, the self study will demonstrate on-going analysis of, and future planning for, institutional effectiveness," Fogel explained. "The self study provides an unusual opportunity for us to reflect on how we are progressing toward our goals, to identify our strengths, and to examine new ways of achieving our aspirations for UVM."

Leading UVM's accreditation process are co-chairs Jill Tarule, associate provost, and Mara Saule, dean of libraries and learning resources. They have identified a team of co-chairs to lead seven standards committees, each responsible for one or more of the eleven standards. The process will engage the university community through open forums, focus groups and other related activities.

Information about UVM's self study and accreditation, including the standards' committees and co-chairs, can be found at UVM Accreditation. Additional information about NEASC and the accreditation process is at Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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