Accreditation/Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan and Accreditation Process Interwoven

In the midst of our daily efforts, we are focused as a group on both the Strategic Plan and the Accreditation Process — not as two separate processes but as a joint seven-year endeavor where strategic planning for the College parallels and complements accountability within the accreditation cycle.

The strategic plan serves to align all our efforts, so everything we undertake at North is heading in the same direction. The strategic plan drives the budget, and the budget in turn reflects the priorities of the strategic plan.

Please see Mission and Accreditation for a description of our strategic plan structure in more detail.

Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report and Site Visit

On March 1, 2016, the college submitted our Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). This culminating report documents the work we have done during this first cycle of the new seven-year accreditation process, and addresses each of the five accreditation standards under the new process.

Having read the report, an eight-member evaluation team will visit the college on April 18-20, 2016.  They will meet with members of the campus community—sometimes in one-on-one meetings, often in small or large group settings—to discuss the report, and to gain deeper insights and multiple perspectives on the work we have done.  They will focus in particular what we have done to achieve the benchmarks associated with each of our core themes.  Two themes within the accreditation standards, especially within Standards Three, Four, and Five, are evidence-based assessment and improvement.  That is, no matter what our role at the college, evaluators will want to know how each of us is assessing the effectiveness of our work and what improvements we have made based on that assessment.

On Wednesday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m., the evaluation team will hold an exit meeting that is open to the entire community.  At that time, the chair will share the committee’s preliminary commendations and recommendations.  The team will submit a report of their visit to the Commission.  In turn, when it meets in July the Commission will make final decisions about reaffirming the college’s accreditation, including possible recommendations for improvement.

You are encouraged to review this short list of suggestions for how to prepare for the visit.  In particular, you are encouraged to read the Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report itself.  Thank you.


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