Kettering begins re-accreditation process

Aug 26, 2005

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools' (NCA) Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will send a team to visit the Kettering campus to evaluate the institution for accreditation purposes Feb. 26-28, 2007.

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools' (NCA) Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will send a team to visit the Kettering campus to evaluate the institution for accreditation purposes Feb. 26-28, 2007.

Every 10 years, Kettering University engages in re-accreditation of its programs, facilities and operations through the NCA. The Association was founded in 1895 as a membership organization for educational institutions and expresses commitment to developing and maintaining high standards of excellence.

The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. Through its Commissions, the Association accredits and grants membership to educational institutions in the 19-state North Central region, which encompasses Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The mission of the Higher Learning Commission is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. The vision of the HLC is to be known as an organization with distinctive strengths of integrity, flexibility, creativity, responsiveness and risk-taking, and for its commitment to work for the common good of society. Its accreditation processes and broadened range of services support affiliated organizations in meeting new regional, national and international expectations for higher learning.

Re-accreditation is important to the University and those it serves for many reasons. Specifically, accreditation conveys to parents and prospective students that Kettering programs meet minimum standards; communicates to faculty, deans and administrators a program's strengths and weaknesses, and ways to make programmatic improvements; informs employers that graduates are ready to begin professional practice; and notifies taxpayers that their fundsare well spent.

This year Kettering assembled a team of University faculty, staff and students to lead various committees as the institution works toward the NCA visit. The NCA re-accreditation process encompasses six critical components: standards, self-study, on-site evaluation, publication, monitoring and reevaluation.

"This is an exciting time for Kettering as we work collectively to substantiate the quality of our services, programs and practices through the University-wide self study process. We are confident that our efforts will result in a successful NCA visit and full re-accreditation," explained Dr. Kenya Ayers, vice provost and associate vice president of Academic Affairs. Ayers will co-lead the NCA Steering Committee, along with Jennifer Dunseath, director of Institutional Effectiveness. Together, they will oversee the work associated with obtaining re-accreditation status. An important aspect of this re-accreditation process is to include all Kettering community members as the institution works toward this decennial event.

To do this, Kettering created an organization within the Blackboard system titled NCA Self-Study to provide information about the re-accreditation process, communicate important information regarding this process to the larger community and within individual work groups associated with the NCA Self-Study Team, and encourage active participation of the Kettering community through commentary and suggestions as the school works toward answering three important questions:

  • Are we doing what we say we are doing?
  • What are our strengths and challenges?
  • How can we position ourselves for the future?

This site also provides an important mechanism to electronically archive all work documents and other materials associated with the re-accreditation process, which willserve an important purpose the next time theUniversity engages in NCA re-accreditation.For more information on the Kettering NCA re-accreditation process, please e-mail a message to nca@kettering.edu.

Written by Gary J. Erwin
(810) 762-9538
gerwin@kettering.edu