Kenyon College welcomed the Higher Learning Commission site visit team September 27th - 29th, 2010. Kenyon College has achieved reaccreditation and will complete the process again in 2020. The following information is archival.
What is Accreditation?
The College is currently engaged in the decannual process known as reaccreditation. In the United States, institutions of higher learning voluntarily seek accreditation from nongovernmental bodies; such status attests to the quality of the educational experience being offered by the institution. Kenyon College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools continuously since 1938. Our last review was conducted in 2000-2001. Our next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2010-2011. Toward that end, over the next two academic years the college will engage in a self-study process that will result in a document describing our mission, goals, curriculum, resources, faculty, staff, student body, assessment tools and results, facilities, and other elements of our program.
The importance of accreditation is two-fold. First, engaging in the process of self-examination necessary to write a thorough self-study inevitably leads to reflective and fruitful conversations among the participants--both those centrally involved in the tasks of preparing the self-study and those stakeholders across the institution, in our case students, faculty, staff, and administrators on campus, as well as trustees, alumni, and friends of the college in the community, non-local as well as local. Such conversations generate shared understanding and renewed commitment to the mission and goals of the college. As a group, then, we gain clarity and focus, we share ideas, and we improve our ability to deliver on the mission we set for ourselves. Second, a reaccreditation review is valuable for the external validation and perspective it gives an institution. In this review, we'll hear from evaluators from similar institutions whose training by the Higher Learning Commission has equipped them to analyze our program and provide feedback on both our strengths and our challenges as an institution.
This Web space is designed to keep the community informed about the self-study process and to solicit input as we proceed. The site includes a blog to generate discussion about the self-study and the issues it raises. It provides links to key documents, survey results, and drafts of self-study materials as they become available. Please note that some of these may require limitations on access because of their intended audience. The self-study working group invites public comments on these materials or on the College's reaccreditation review. We include a suggestion box to provide a space for the community to communicate with us. You may also contact individual committee members or send comments directly to the Higher Learning Commission for consideration by the external evaluation team.
Reaccreditation 2010 News Feed
Third Party Comments
Kenyon College is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its reaccreditation visit by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). Kenyon College has been continuously accredited by the Commission since 1938. The College undergoes a comprehensive visit every ten years; its last reaccreditation was in 2000. A team representing the HLC... (Read more)
More Environmental Scanning Devices
Here are some more ingenious environmental scanning devices crafted by the Reaccreditation Task Force:Hip Data MinerHandy-dandy slats open or close to let in information or block it like venetian blinds.Don't be blinded by information overload. Block out the irrelevant, extraneous junk. Focus on what's important.Blue tooth connection connects to any source and sends data directly to your retina... (Read more)
Environmental Scanning--what is it?
To inject more fun into reaccreditation task force meetings (and it's always fun to mock jargon), committee members recently were asked to create marketing plans for various "environmental scanning" devices. Here for your entertainment are a few of the funnier products and the marketing plans:1. Fingertron Orbital 2100: Environmental Scanning for the 22nd century.Provides an opportunity for ... (Read more)
In favor of the new idea, the unanticipated epiphany, the bolt from the blue.Having written previously in defense of assessment and trying to explain its potential benefits, let me know say something on the other side. What are the shortcomings of the assessment centered university? What do we risk losing in our rush to measurement?All of the calls for accountability and assessment in higher ... (Read more)
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