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The Reflective U

St. Kate's prepares for re-accreditation from Higher Learning Commission

St. Catherine University is currently preparing for its 10-year accreditation site visit from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional agency that accredits more than 1,022 institutions in 19 states. The visit will take place in February and March of 2013.

St. Kate's last accreditation site visit was 2003 and resulted in full re-accreditation.

Last fall, President Andrea Lee, IHM, named a HLC steering committee made up of faculty, staff and administrators from both campuses. The group will plan and create a self-study report under the direction of steering committee chair Alan Silva, assistant vice president and dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the College for Women.

Associate Dean Lynda Szymanski, a psychology professor, and Professor of Sociology Brian Fogarty will co-author the self-study report, which is designed as a reflective process for the institution. The University's theme for the HLC self-study is "From College to University: Eight Directions to Five Destinations in 10 Years."

In advance of the 2013 site visit, the steering committee will find numerous ways to engage students, faculty and staff in discussing the mission and future of St. Catherine University. — Julie Michener

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