2020 Assurance Argument

Brief Timeline of Assurance Argument Development

Summer 2019 -- Faculty researcher/authors and IRPA review standards and scan University operations looking for vulnerabilities.

Fall 2019 -- Faculty researcher/authors and IRPA gather evidence and begin construction of arguments representing Northern's work against 12 of the 18 Core Components of the Criteria for Accreditation.

January 13, 2020 -- 1st day of Winter 2020 semester

Winter 2020 -- Faculty researcher/authors and IRPA gather evidence and begin construction of arguments representing Northern's work against remaining 6 of the 18 Core Components of the Criteria for Accreditation.

Early February 2020 -- Present work-in-progress arguments internally at campus workshops and with other stakeholders such as at a meeting of the Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee (SPBAC). Gather campus input on Criteria 1, 2 and 5. Answer the following:

  • We are confident Northern meets all accreditation standards. What do you think is the best evidence that demonstrates our strengths? Considering the evidence we have so far gathered, are there other programs, policies, and practices that we should present to peer reviewers to prove Northern's excellence? 

Late February 2020 -- Faculty researcher/authors revise based on internal notes.

February 29-March 9 -- Spring Break

Early March, 2020 -- External review; accreditation expert at a peer institution reads draft arguments that Northern meets the standards in Criteria 1, 2 and 5 and assesses strength of Northern's case. Answer the following: 

  • We are confident Northern meets all accreditation standards. As on external peer knowing just what you read in our Assurance Argument draft, do you see areas where we could make a stronger case? If you were a peer reviewer assigned by HLC, what would your follow-up questions be? 

Late March, 2020 -- Faculty researcher/authors revise based on external notes

Early April -- Present work-in-progress arguments internally at campus workshops and meetings with other stakeholders such as Academic Senate. Gather campus input on Criteria 3 and 4.

April 18-21, 2020 -- NMU accreditation team attends annual HLC Conference.

May 5, 2020 -- Commencement 

Early May -- External review; accreditation expert at a peer institution reads draft arguments that Northern meets the standards in Criteria 3 and 4 and assesses strength of Northern's case. Answer the following: 

  • We are confident Northern meets all accreditation standards. As on external peer knowing just what you read in our Assurance Argument draft, do you see areas where we could make a stronger case? If you were a peer reviewer assigned by HLC, what would your follow-up questions be? 

Summer 2020 -- Executive level review of all arguments and evidence against the HLC standards. IRPA moves arguments and evidence into HLC online system.

August 24, 2020 -- 1st day of Fall 2020 semester

October, 2020 -- Assurance Argument submitted for review by HLC Peer Corps and staff.