|The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
(hereafter referred to as NCA) is the body that provides regional
accreditation for Northeastern Illinois University. It operates under
the authority of the federal government. That is to say, that in order
for its “seal of approval” and accrediting processes to
be recognized, it must comply with the U.S. Federal Code for accrediting
by NCA is extremely important. Accreditation is a mark of educational
quality and a necessary requirement to receive federal funding,
including student financial aid. More importantly, accreditation
can signify that an institution cares deeply about its students
and is committed to continually finding new ways to improve student
learning and success.
Our next accrediting
site visit is scheduled for 2006. While most faculty members continually
assess what works and what does not in the classroom, formal assessment
in preparation for North Central’s visit provides an opportunity
for more in-depth conversations among faculty about what really
matters most in teaching and learning.
This past Spring, NCA
updated its requirements and provided more detailed guidance to
institutions that were preparing for review. These new criteria
place increasing emphases on teaching and learning—central
activities of the institution. There are five criteria and each
has a number of core components.
Briefly the five criteria
refer to standards relating to the following:
- Mission and Integrity.
The organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment
of its mission through structures and processes that involve the
board, administration, faculty, staff, and students.
- Preparing for the
Future. The organization’s allocation of resources and its
processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity
to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education,
and respond to future challenges and opportunities.
Learning and Effective Teaching. The organization provides evidence
of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates
it is fulfilling its educational mission.
- Acquisition, Discovery,
and Application of Knowledge. The organization promotes a life
of learning for its faculty, administration, stsaff and students
by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and
social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.
- Engagement and Service.
As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its
constituencies and serves them in ways both value.
A more in-depth
description is available on our website under the menu bar “Information
Board” by clicking onto Assessment Briefing Report #1.
information about North Central and its policies, click on the the
following web-link: http://www.ncacihe.org
|Congratulations to our College of Education for successfully completing
continuing accreditation this past Fall! While another NCATE visit
for this purpose is not scheduled for some time, for information purposes
a brief description of standards and other pertinent information is
NCATE standards are richly described in publications and reflect,
perhaps, more guidance for interpretation and use than any other
accrediting organization. Six standards are just the beginning point
for understanding all that is required.
Briefly these standards address:Candidate knowledge, skills and
- Candidate knowledge, skills and dispositions
- An assessment system and unit evaluation
- Field experiences and clinical practice
- Faculty quality, performance
- Unit governance and resources
For a fuller description of these standards and their use click
on to NCATE’s web site at:
NEIU’s institutional report can be found by clicking onto
the link: http://www.neiu.edu/~ncateisb/