In November 2016, a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission conducted a site visit. Prior to this site visit, the university completed a comprehensive self-study to provide an evaluation and documentation of meeting the five criteria established by the HLC. The task of completing this evaluation was completed by various criterion work groups and an accreditation leadership team. These groups were overseen by an Executive Steering Committee to ensure data was accurate and that all UNMC stakeholders were involved in the process, to the greatest extent possible. Once the site visit was complete and recommendations were made from the site visit team, the accreditation work teams assisted in developing strategies.
Re-Accreditation Work Flow
Preliminary planning of the HLC evaluation began in July 2014. The Quality Initiative project was chosen and work teams for the self-study were selected and instructed as to their responsibilities and the timeline for completion. The Quality Initiative was completed in June 2016. The work groups for the self-study met or exceeded all deadlines per the timeline below. Once these teams had gathered the documentation and data needed to demonstrate the university’s fulfillment of each criteria, these documents and information were submitted to the Accreditation Leadership Team. This team ensured the information was appropriate to the criterion and formulated a narrative for each criterion component, explaining what the data files demonstrated. In November 2015, the entire first draft of the self-study evaluation was completed.
From November 2015 through July 2016, several iterations and edits were made, and feedback sought from a wide range of university constituents. The Accreditation Leadership Team focused on completing all suggested and reasonable edits, and ensured all links and documents were updated and working on the HLC Dashboard. A final review by the Executive Steering Committee was completed, and the self-study document was submitted prior to the Lock Date of Oct. 31, 2016.