Accreditation Visit Next Month

Earlier this week, we submitted our final Assurance Argument to the Higher Learning Commission as one of the last steps of preparing for the review of our accreditation status by our regional accreditor.  The document was two years in the making, with the research and writing process quarterbacked by Dr. Miriam Luebke and Dr. Marilyn Reineck.  Dozens of individuals contributed hundreds and hundreds of hours to the preparation of the Assurance Argument.  I encourage you to take a look at it, and you may access the final product by copying and pasting the link below into your internet browser.

https://concordia.csp.edu/assessment/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/CSP-2018-HLC-Assurance-Argument.pdf

There is great benefit in producing such a document.  The final product provides a comprehensive picture of CSP, where we are today as an institution and what we aspire to be in the future.  I learned much from reading it myself.  I am impressed by how broadly understood it is that we are a mission-driven institution, and how many if not most departments in the university regularly think through their roles as contributing toward pursuing the mission.  I am equally impressed by how deeply strategic planning has been embraced by many if not most individuals on our campus, who again see themselves as integral parts of the important effort to attract students, help them persist to graduation, and help them transition to the next phase of their lives.

Preparing the Assurance Argument also provided the opportunity to do “gap analysis,” that is, to evaluate where we are not meeting our goals and achieving our aspirations.  That is a healthy exercise for, while we have accomplished a great deal in the decade since our last comprehensive HLC review, there is still much to be done.  Fortunately, by almost every measure, we are a stronger institution than we were ten years ago and are better equipped than ever before to achieve the mission “to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, dedicated service to God and humanity, and the enlightened care of God’s creation.”

Our HLC visitation team will be on campus April 16th and 17th.  We look forward to meeting them and gaining from their perspective as they look through their own particular lens and the institution we claim to be and hope to be in the future.

Thanks for all you are doing for the benefit of our students.  Grace and peace.

President Tom Ries

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