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UI faculty, staff and students invited to meet with reaccreditation team Feb. 23-24

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty, staff and students are invited to meet with members of a North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) reaccreditation team Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24 to share their ideas and opinions about reaccreditation.

Students are invited attend a meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 in the Illinois Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. A meeting for faculty and staff will be from 1 to 2 p.m. in that same location Monday. Another meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. That meeting is open to faculty, staff and students.

A 12-member evaluation team from NCA will be visiting the UI as part of the reaccreditation process. The NCA, which undertakes the accreditation of more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states, is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.

Chris Squier, associate dean and professor of dentistry, chairs the UI committee working with the NCA in the accreditation process. The committee has prepared an institutional self-study, "A University on the Rise."

Every 10 years the UI is considered for reaccreditation by the NCA. The process is distinct from individual accreditation demanded of many university professional programs by other agencies.

"The university's reaccreditation is obviously very important," says Squier, "and I encourage staff and faculty to attend the open meetings scheduled by the visiting team and contribute their opinions and ideas."

"The NCA makes available the option of a special emphasis self-study to universities they consider accredited, established, well functioning institutions," Squier says. The NCA calls this option an opportunity "to commit serious attention to a select group of critical issues in order to contribute to institutional improvement and educational excellence."

"We have taken advantage of that option," Squier says. "Our self-study includes a special emphasis called 'The Application of Information and Communication Technology to Teaching and Learning in a Research University.'" A printed version of the self-study is available from the Office of the Provost, and an electronic version is accessible at http://www.uiowa.edu/~nca/.

The visiting team will be chaired by Dr. Jerry Poe, professor of finance from Arizona State University. Because half of the team will be working on the special emphasis study on technology, only six members will be focusing on the conventional institutional self-study, so team members will not necessarily visit every college and department. Dr. Victor Wong, director of Information Technology for Research at the University of Michigan, will lead the group of six consultants who will advise the UI on the special emphasis.

Other visiting team members are:

Kathy Christoff, director, DoIT Learning Technology and Distance Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jeremy Dunning, interim dean, School of Continuing Studies, Indiana University Bloomington; Terry L. Kuhn, vice provost and dean for Undergraduate Studies, Kent State University; Ralph H. Kummler, director, Hazardous Waste Management Programs, Wayne State University; Chris Le Beau, reference librarian and coordinator of electronic resources, Creighton University; Gene W. Ruoff, special assistant to the chancellor, Information and Management, University of Illinois at Chicago; Delbert M. Shankel, professor of microbiology and chancellor emeritus, University of Kansas; George Springer, professor of computer science and mathematics, Indiana University Bloomington; Robert Wedgeworth, university librarian and professor of library administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Frank B. Wilderson, Jr., professor of psychology, University of Minnesota.

2/16/98