As a mature institution that has been accredited since 1970, we have built on processes used in our own internal assessment work. A steering committee began preparing in the summer of 2011, and criterion-specific committees began meeting in the summer of 2012. Two senior HLC staff members visited SVSU in the fall of 2012 and publicly praised our initial planning efforts. The committees as well as other key SVSU stakeholders are producing both a “self-study report” and a massive archive of supporting evidence. To date, more than 60 people have been directly involved in the self-study process, and efforts in the fall of 2013 will broaden this base considerably.
In addition to those listed above, other members of the SVSU community contributed their time and expertise to the development of this self-study, for which the University extends its gratitude.