November 15, 2006
To the campus community:
I am writing within minutes of leaving the exit interview with our consultant/evaluator team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to share with you some excellent news, UCCS will be reaccredited for ten years.
Before sharing a few of the details of the team’s preliminary report, I wish to thank all who participated in the on-campus interviews and in the preparation of our self-study document. In particular, I wish to thank David Moon, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, for his leadership. For more than a year, Dr. Moon has worked to prepare the campus to achieve its goal of continued accreditation.
In his exit report on the preliminary team recommendations this morning, Dr. Sam Rankin, chair of the consultant/evaluator team, said the team recommends UCCS receive continued accreditation of its programs with the next visit to come in 10 years. This is the best possible outcome and is indicative both of the quality of the university and the high-level of commitment to the university demonstrated by faculty, staff, students, members of the Regents, and our greater Colorado Springs community.
Dr. Rankin and his colleagues will prepare a formal report in the next several weeks. We will have the opportunity to respond to any factual concerns in their work before it is forwarded to the full Higher Learning Commission board for approval sometime early in 2007.
The team members will ask for additional information about our new doctoral programs as these proceed in development. I welcome this input and pledge to share details as they become available.
Thank you for your participation, both in the self-study and in the interviews conducted this week, and for your support of the mission, vision and values of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.