HLC Team Gives NMU Positive Reviews
Northern met all goals of its Higher Learning Commission Quality Checkup Visit, according to a summary report received this week. The HLC’s Academic Quality Improvement Program reviewers did not identify any issues needing attention after spending March 25-27 on campus interacting with employees and students.
The team conducted traditional reviews of federal compliance issues and found NMU to be fully compliant. It also focused on two broad issues, assessment and strategic planning, both of which were cited as needing improvement in the 2006 Systems Appraisal Feedback Report written in part by the visiting team. Many of the positive reviews in the current summary related to Northern’s most recent Systems Portfolio, released in January. This 100-page description of NMU was described as “much improved” over the 2006 version because it included information previously omitted and documented the university’s response to issues identified in the 2006 Systems Appraisal.
On assessment, the reviewers wrote, “There appears to be good progress being made in the area of developing academic outcome measures for each academic program and for the liberal studies core. An ongoing action project, ‘Documenting and Benchmarking the NMU Outcomes Assessment Process,” will assist in the maturation of a developing system of assessment and student learning outcomes.”
The team also praised strategic planning progress via the “Road Map to 2015” and efforts to measure its success.
"The Quality Checkup Report clearly indicated that in all areas under discussion, NMU met the expectations of the Higher Learning Commission," said Cynthia Prosen (Academic Affairs). "This positive report reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire campus community over the past two years. Our commitment to continuous improvement was favorably noted by the visiting team."