NCA Self-study Steering Committee inviting nominations

The steering committee preparing for a site visit by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2007 is inviting nominations or self-nominations from members of the university community—staff, faculty, students and community members—who would be willing to serve on a task force for the NCA Self-Study.

Self-study is a universitywide process through which NAU will assess its strengths and identify opportunities for improvement. It will be critical in the accreditation evaluation and will help guide the university community as it invests energy and resources in the future.

Nominations or self-nominations should be submitted to: NCASelf-Study@nau.edu by Aug. 26. Please indicate the task force for which you are nominating yourself or someone else. If you previously indicated an interest in serving on a task force, you need not do so again.

The Steering Committee will appoint the task forces, each of which will consist of up to 10 people, early in September. Each of the five task forces will focus on one area:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Student Learning and Effective Teaching—The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is fulfilling its educational mission.
  4. Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge—The organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.
  5. Engagement and Service—As called for by its mission, the organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value.

"Serving on a Task Force is a great opportunity to become better acquainted with the institution and colleagues from throughout the university while contributing to an important institutional project," says Karen Pugliesi, vice provost for undergraduate studies.

Task Force members will conduct a focused study of multiple facets of the university in relation to a each criterion of accreditation, and engage other members of the campus community in the self-study process. The self-study will begin in late September and will continue through fall 2006. Task force members should expect to devote approximately 10-15 hours per month to the self-study endeavor.

Further information about institutional accreditation and the self-study process is available at Northern Arizona University's Institutional Accreditation web site. If you have questions about the accreditation process or the task forces, please contact Karen.Pugliesi@nau.edu.