In seeking re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, a nongovernmental organization granting peer-reviewed accreditation and membership in the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association, the university has completed a two-year self-study with broad participation from across the university community.
The self-study has been guided by the five Criteria for Accrediation as established by the Higher Learning Commission:
University of Cincinnati Provost Anthony J. Perzigian appointed Lawrence J. Johnson, dean of the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, along with Ralph Katerberg, associate professor, College of Business, to serve as co-chairs of the steering committee.
The steering committee represents colleges and offices from across the university and includes Student Body President Ryan Rosensweig. Steering committee members were appointed by Provost Perzigian. The steering committee met monthly to discuss the progress of the self study. The following UC representatives make up the membership of the Self-Study Steering Committee:
The Academic Coordinating Committee oversees the review, coordination, and approval of academic programs for the university. The committee is represented by Andrea Lindell, dean, College of Nursing (ex-officio); and Kristi Nelson, senior vice provost for Academic Planning (ex-officio).
Members of the writing teams were appointed jointly by the steering committee and writing team co-chairs. The writing team members were selected based on their expertise, interdisciplinary focus, and ability to represent UC's programs.
Co-chairs: Cheryl Albrecht, associate dean, UC Libraries; Charles Collins, associate dean, College of Medicine
Team Members: Marianne Kunnen-Jones, special assistant for University Communications, Office of the President/Governmental Relations and University Communications; Karen Monzel, associate dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP); Nancy Creaghead, head of the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, College of Allied Health Sciences; Ann Welsh, professor of management, College of Business; Stacy Downing, director, Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD)
Co-chairs: Peg Allensworth, senior associate vice president, Administration and Finance; Tom Cruse, associate provost
Team Members: Mary Beth McGrew, associate vice president of Campus Planning and Design, Office of the University Architect; Carol Metzger, Office of the Controller, Administration and Finance; Mike Lieberman, dean, Instructional Research and Computing; Xinhao Wang, professor of planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Co-chairs: John Bryan, interim vice provost for Academic Personnel; Laura Kretschmer, professor, College of Allied Health Sciences
Team Members: Pamela Person, director of the Center for First Year Experience (FYE) and Learning Communities; Wayne Hall, vice provost, Faculty Development; Carol Tonge Mack, assistant academic director, Center for Exploratory Studies; Brenda LeMaster, professor, Professional Practice; Ricardo Moena, associate professor, mathematical sciences, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences; Amy Pettigrew, associate professor, College of Nursing; Missy Laine, professor of literacy and assistant department head for humanities, media and cultural studies, College of Applied Science; Lora Arduser, field service assistant professor, English and comparative literature, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences; Lisa Meloncon, assistant professor, English and comparative literature, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Co-chairs: Gigi Escoe, vice provost, Assessment & Student Learning; Tina Whalen, department head, rehabilitation sciences, College of Allied Health Sciences
Team Members: Mitch Leventhal, vice provost, UC International; Barbara Bardes, professor of political science, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences; Paul Bishop, professor of engineering, College of Engineering; Janice Denton, professor, chemical sciences, Raymond Walters College; Bob Zierolf, associate university dean, the Graduate School; Michael Sharp, assistant director, Academic Community Partnerships; Julie Burdick, director of Academic Planning and Assessment
Co-chairs: Thomas Hadley, associate vice president, Student Affairs and Services; Frank Russell, director, UC Community Design Center
Team Members: Mary Stagaman, associate vice president, Governmental Relations and University Communications and executive director, Center for the City; Dorothy Air, associate senior vice president, Entrepreneurial Affairs; George Vredeveld, director, UC Economics Center for Education & Research; Gerry Siegert, associate vice president, Community Development; Esther Erkins, senior research associate, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services; Kathy Dick, director, UC Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Communication has been integral to this two-year effort. The self-study communication plan has complemented the established UC governance and joint communication-consultant processes including faculty, staff, student, and community stakeholders.
The HLC/NCA re-accreditation communication process has been based on two guiding principles:
Transparency has been accomplished through regular reports to the university community, in person, print, and via the Web. All interested persons have had access to basic information about the process including leadership, meeting schedules, reports, and data. In this way, broad participation has been encouraged. Interested parties, wherever feasible, have attended working sessions, offering suggestions and providing comment on the process.