Fall 2007

Application to the HLC Assessment Academy

Appointment of Strategic Planning Committee: President Randall

Creation of strategic planning process: President Randall and President’s Administrative Council

February 2008

Attendance at HLC Assessment Academy: Drew Dunham (Assessment and IR), Scott Hendrix (Academic Skills and Assessment), Cheryl Blackwell (Library and Assessment)

March 2008

Faculty Retreat at Gull Lake (Kellogg Biological Station)

  • Materials posted on Web site
  • Adoption of “one college” philosophy
  • General concepts of strategic plan developed

April 2008

Appointment of 3 strategic planning research teams by President Randall:

  • Faculty Salary and Compensation Research Team
  • Economic and Community Development Research Team
  • Library Commons Research Team (Information Commons)

Summer 2008

Barbara Keyes (liaison to PAC) and Michael VanHouten (Strategic Planning Committee representative) appointed to continue emphasis on strategic planning over the summer; conducted interviews with several faculty

Fall Faculty Retreat

August 2008

On-campus planning and discussion of strategic themes

October 2008

President Randall officially appoints 8 additional research teams and their membership:

  • Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Global Diversity Recruitment Team
  • Global Diversity Research Team
  • Center for Teaching and Learning Research Team
  • Wellness and Athletics Research Team
  • Sustainability Research Team
  • Research Team on Curriculum, Innovation, and Transformation
  • Fine and Performing Arts Research Team

Presentation to the Board of Trustees on the Strategic Plan

Approval by the Board of Trustees of the mission, vision, core values, and framework for the Strategic Plan

Moodle site created for ongoing discussion and reporting

October 2008

HLC Accreditation Workshop in St. Louis (Susan Conner, Drew Dunham, members of Steering Committee Bille Wickre, Ian MacInnes, and Sally Walker)

February 2009

Assessment workshop in Lisle, Illinois (Dunham and members of the Assessment Committee Vicki Baker and Dean McCurdy)

February 22-24, 2009

Initial orientation of the Board of Trustees to the process of accreditation

February 28-March 1, 2009

Faculty Retreat on strategic planning

March 2009

Appointment of faculty chair of Steering Committee and faculty member with oversight of finances (David Seely and Gaylord Smith)

March 2009

Faculty meeting on orientation to accreditation (Susan Conner)

April 17-21, 2009

HLC annual meeting in Chicago

  • Assessment Academy (Dunham)
  • Workshop on the Self-Study (Conner and Seely)
  • Workshop on Finances (Seely and G. Smith)
  • Peer Reviewer Corps Orientation (Conner)
  • Attendance at annual meeting sessions (all Albion representatives)

April 2009

Self-Study Style Manual created and posted on “W” drive (MacInnes)

Other materials, including former self-study posted on “W” drive

April 2009

Faculty meeting presentation (Baker) on assessment and new assessment templates (Moodle site)

May 2009 Assessment Plans (majors) steps 1-4 due to Assessment Committee

June 2009

Self-Study Design forwarded to Karen Solomon, HLC liaison with Albion College

June 2009

ACPA “Assessment and Evaluation of Student Affairs” Conference (Dunham, Connie Smith, Kenneth Snyder, and Michael Wadsworth)

August 2009

Steering Committee determines groups and subgroups for assignments;

Data collection and writing assignments are distributed

August 2009

Launch of “Self-Study Year”

  • Letter from President Randall to Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors, faculty, and staff
  • Letter from Student Senate president to student body
  • Presentations at Fall Faculty Retreat
  • Distribution of “mission cards” and criteria to campus community including faculty, students, staff, Alumni Association Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
  • Selection of students for membership on Steering Committee
  • Creation of Web site for accreditation

August 2009

Faculty credentials, syllabi, and retrospective materials due in Provost's Office.

Assessment Plans (majors) reviewed by Assessment Committee.

September 2009 Revisions to Assessment Plans (majors) due to Assessment Committee

October 2009

Article on accreditation in The Pleiad (student newspaper)

November 2009

Article on accreditation in the Io Triumphe (alumni publication)

November 2009

Continued collection of documentation in Provost's Office

Assessment Plans (majors) steps 5-6 dur to Assessment Committee

Drafts of selected criteria due for review by Accreditation Steering Committee

November 2009

Drafts of some writing assignments due and posted for campus comment

December 2009 Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee

January-April 2010

Collection of materials for academic program review

March 2010

Drafts of selected criteria due for review by Accreditation Steering Committee.

Updates on assessment activities provided to Assessment Committee.

Receipt of names of visiting team members for consideration about conflict of interest

April 2010 HLC annual meeting in Chicago

Assessment Academy (Dunham)
Workshop on Writing the Self-Study (Seely and MacInnes)
Workshop on Finances (Frandsen)
Peer Reviewer Workshop (Conner)
April 2010 Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee

May- June 2010

Drafts of selected criteria due for review by Accreditation Steering Committee

Continued collection of documentation in Provost's Office

May 2010

Drafts and documentation posted on Moodle site

Final 2009-2010 assessment activities (majors) reported to Assessment Committee.

June 2010

Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee.

July 2010

Review of drafts by Accreditation Steering Committee

College snapshot completed by IR.

August 2010

Members of Accreditation Steering Committee finalize draft

Editing to put the Self-Study into "one voice"

August 2010

Fall Faculty Retreat update on accreditation

Distribution of "mission cards" to new students

Letter from President Randall to Albion College constituents about upcoming visit

Letter from Student Senate President to all students about upcoming visit

September 2010

Placing the Criteria and Core components on the Web site for
campus viewing and comment.

September 2010

Assessment Plans (minors) steps 1-4 due to Assessment Committee

October 2010

Finalizing the Electronic Resource Room and creating final documents of the Self-Study and accompanying materials for distribution to HLC and visiting team.

November 15, 2010

Specified materials mailed to the Higher Learning Commission and members of the visiting team

November 2010 -January 2011

Final arrangements made for visiting team at Belmont Manor

February 6-9, 2011


IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VISITORS: Beginning April 17, M-99 (Superior Street) in downtown Albion will be closed from Michigan Avenue to Ash Street for significant upgrades. Please visit our Maps, Directions, and Parking page or the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) website for more information.