• Updates from the Administration

    February 28, 2018 Confirmation of Reaccreditation

    Dear Hamline faculty, students and staff,
    I’m writing to let you know the very good news that the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), at its meeting on February 13, 2018, continued the accreditation of Hamline University. As anticipated, we successfully met all five criteria for accreditation without interim monitoring. The next visit of the HLC will be in ten years with the Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2027-28. 

    The report stated, “...HU demonstrates a well-rounded approach to integrity and ethics and provides evidence that it desires to be an institution which operates with integrity and models ethical, responsible behavior. It shows signs of continuous improvement in the spheres of finances, governance, policy, operations, and student learning. It reflects the mission of creating a “diverse and collaborative community of learners.”The report concludes with these observations: “The Board remains strong in its connection to University mission, strategic positioning, and support for needed growth in the endowment.  Student enrollment and retention are rising, the campus is well maintained, and Hamline demonstrates capacity to adjust spending in fluctuations in circumstances.  All these strengths--combined with a collaborative and open atmosphere where faculty, staff, and administration are committed to serving students and their disciplines--position the University well for a productive, mission-centered future.”

     This is excellent news and I am sincerely grateful to the many members of our community who took the time to engage in this process, starting two years ago under the leadership of Associate Provost Jill Bryant and Institutional Effectiveness Director Tracy Williams. The HLC assessment of our strengths, and their thoughtful observations of areas where we have capacity to do better, serve as an excellent foundation upon which we can move ahead with strategic planning and continuous improvement of our university. I am looking forward to engaging in this work with all of you.

    President Fayneese Miller

    December 6, 2017 HLC Peer Accreditor Visit

    Dear Hamline faculty, students and staff, 
    We have just concluded the two-day site visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) peer evaluation team--an important part of the process leading to our reaccreditation as a university, a process that occurs once every ten years. Although we will receive a final decision sometime in the coming months, I can share with you now that the visit went very well, and that we have good reason to believe that we will successfully meet all five criteria for accreditation. We look forward to receiving the HLC site visitors’ comments and observations.

    So, I am writing today to thank the many members of our community who took the time to engage in this process, both to prepare for the visit and during the visit itself. Planning and preparing the 122-page assurance report began two years ago, and required that every statement be accompanied by evidence to back it up. Thank you to the many people across the university who worked on this in addition to their regular responsibilities. The leadership of Associate Provost Jill Bryant and Institutional Effectiveness Director Tracy Williams was both pragmatic and energizing, and they worked tirelessly to ensure that all areas of the university were kept up to date on the process. This was a team effort, and we should all acknowledge the hard work of those who helped write the report and gather evidence. The report was thoughtful, detailed, and honest, demonstrating our significant strengths as well as the areas where we continue to improve the learning experiences of our students. 

    During the visit, many of you attended the scheduled sessions with the team members, asking good questions, providing your own reflections, and representing units and stakeholders from across the university.  Thank you for your time and your active engagement with the process.  Thank you also to the students who participated in open fora or had informal, unscheduled conversations with our HLC visitors in the Anderson Center--you showed the best of who we are at Hamline.  You were welcoming and engaging and provided an important perspective to the team’s experience while on our campus.  Finally, thank you to the faculty and staff who were asked to respond to the HLC team’s impromptu requests for additional meetings or additional information. Your prompt and thorough responses were very impressive. In many cases you had to put your considerable responsibilities on hold, and I’m grateful for your professionalism and commitment to this process. 
    In short, it was because of you that the HLC evaluators felt welcomed, and got a clear picture of our university. They were able to see who we are and how we plan to improve and grow moving forward. I am very proud of the way our Hamline community rose to the occasion, and I am grateful to be on this journey with you.

    President Fayneese Miller

    November 17, 2017 Visit Preparations

    Preparations for the next steps of our HLC peer review visit are underway. We are beginning to put together the schedule in anticipation of the HLC visit to our campus on December 4 and 5. HLC is sending a team of seven peer reviewers who have asked us to set up a series of meetings, some open and “drop in” in format and some more structured with specific invitees.  The team would like to meet with as many campus constituents as possible in the day and a half they are with us.  Our thanks to all of you in advance for making space in your busy schedules to attend the open fora and drop-in sessions. 

    November 3, 2017 Report Submission

    Hamline’s report was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission for their review. Located in a binder in the provost's office, the assurance arguments for all five criteria along with an introduction from the president is now available for your review.  Please contact the office by email (provost@hamline.edu) or phone (651 523 2088) to arrange for a time between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to read the hard copy document.  Details of the December 3-5, 2017 campus visit by the accreditation team will be available shortly.

    January 22, 2017 Preparation

    This update confirms the progress regarding Hamline’s preparation for our Higher Learning Commission scheduled reaffirmation of accreditation in 2017/18.  A committee structure was established to ensure our work is thorough and well organized.  Details of the committee structure and HLC-related activities can be found on the HLC sections of the Hamline website.  In November, 2016 Associate Provost Jill Bryant presented a progress report of sub-committee activities to the Steering Committee, a summary of which is outlined below:

    Criterion 1: Mission       
    Chair: Ken Fox
    The committee is working with key constituents gathering documentation in support of how the university’s mission guides the operations, academics, and budget decision.
    Criterion 2: Integrity  Chairs: Jennifer Carlson, Terry Metz, Lori Standafer
    The committee is working to collect evidence, meets regularly, and is working closely with other constituents to locate university-wide policies and practices.
    Criterion 3: Teaching and Learning—Quality, Resources, and Support
    Chairs: Kim Koeppen, Gwenn Sherburne
    The committee is using the Hamline Plan to demonstrate that Hamline’s education, both in the classroom and in co-curricular programs, is mission driven and continue to gather information on graduate and undergraduate programs.  Still needed are policies concerning faculty/staff recruitment and retention.
    Criterion 4: Teaching and Learning—Evaluation and Improvement
    Chairs: Letitia Basford and Carolyn Hilk
    Meetings with faculty on university-wide goals and workshops on curriculum maps are ongoing well as collection of evidence to support the assurance argument. This group has ongoing meetings with academic affairs leadership to identify and develop program learning outcomes and assessment plans.
    Criterion 5 and Federal Compliance: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
    Chairs: Michelle Hegarty, Richelle Wesley, Patti Klein
    University-wide policies are being centralized and updated and groups have been established to work on key areas.  The committee is awaiting the announcement of new university-wide committees that establish financial projections and align the financial goals with the university’s mission.

    May 11, 2016

     Hamline University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional agency that accredits degree-granting institutions when they meet a set of established standards through a comprehensive review of the institution and its programs. Hamline’s last reaffirmation of accreditation was in 2007/08 and we are now looking toward our next scheduled reaffirmation of accreditation in 2017/18. The Provost’s Office has established a committee structure to prepare for this work. Since our last assessment in 2007 much has been done to strengthen a number of aspects of the university, for example, in the area of Learning Outcomes Assessment. 

    Committee structure
    Under the guidance of a Steering Committee consisting of the President’s Staff and a representative of Faculty Council, Jill Bryant, Associate Provost, and Tracy Williams, Director, Institutional Effectiveness, will serve as co-chairs of the Accreditation Assessment & Review Committee.

    This Accreditation Assessment & Review Committee will also include five Accreditation Sub-Committees, each with chairs. Jill and Tracy will manage the overall process and timeline for assessing the University in meeting HLC’s criterion for accreditation assessment. Additionally, Jill and Tracy will be responsible for coordination of all documentation, writing the final assessment and reports to HLC, and communication to all constituents on the status of the various accreditation committees’ work.

    Nancy Holland, Professor, CLA, will serve as an HLC advisor to the Accreditation Assessment & Review Committee. Amanda Roll-Kuhne, Director of Operations, Provost’s Office, will serve as documents manager and Sally Gerlach, Assistant Director, Institutional Effectiveness, will serve as data coordinator to HLC. Each Accreditation Sub-Committee will draft assurance arguments and collect and document corresponding evidence in support HLC’s five criterion (including sub-components) and four assumed practices.

    The Accreditation Sub-Committees will be populated with 3-5 faculty and staff representatives from across the University. The chairs of the Five Accreditation Sub-Committees are:

    I. Mission: Clearly Articulated
    Chair(s) – Ken Fox, Professor, HSB, and Director of Conflict Studies

    II. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
    Chairs – Jennifer Carlson, Associate Professor, HSE; Terry Metz, University Library Director; Lori Standafer, Controller.

    III. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
    Chairs – Kim Koeppen, UCC Chair; Gwenn Sherburne, University Registrar.

    IV. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
    Chairs – Letitia Basford, Associate Professor, HSE, and CLOA Co-chair; Caroline Hilk, Lecturer and Director of CTL.

    V. Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness and Federal Compliance
    Chairs – Patti Klein, Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator; Richelle Wesley, Director of Finance; Michelle Hegarty, Senior Associate Vice President for Finance.