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Self-Study Timeline

April 17, 2013 - July 31, 2014
The HLC Work Group begins meeting weekly.

June 28, 2013
The Self-Study Kickoff Meeting is held.

June 28, 2013 - July 31, 2014
The Self-Study committees meet bi-weekly.

July 19, 2013 - July 31, 2014
The Self-Study Steering Committee meets for the first time and continues meeting on the first and third Fridays of each month.

August 23, 2013, All College Day
An HLC status update is presented at All College Day.  The Self-Study Committees meet at the end of the day.


June 28 - September 16, 2013
The committees begin their research phase: discovering evidence, drafting outlines and identifying clear gaps in compliance.  The committees will also participate in training that includes:

  • Tips on how to evaluate
  • Understanding the new HLC Criteria
  • Setting expected outcomes of committees
  • Reviewing samples of good self-studies, hopefully written to the new Criteria
  • Reviewing our previous Self-Study Report

September 16, 2013
The committees submit outlines to the Writing Committee.  The outlines:

  • include the types of evidence to be used
  • identify areas where evidence suggests noncompliance

November 1, 2013
The committees submit annotated outlines to the Writing Committee. The outlines:

  • identify specific pieces of evidence to be used
  • indicate how this evidence demonstrates compliance

November 1 - December 1, 2013
The committees continue their work.  The Writing Committee examines the annotated outlines and identifies areas where evidence needs to be strengthened.

December 1, 2013 - January 14, 2014
The committees address weaknesses in evidence and its usability for proving compliance.

January 15 - March 31, 2014
The committees work with assigned writers to draft their respective chapters and continue gathering and evaluating evidence.

April 1 - May 15, 2014
The Writing Committee workshops individual chapters to ensure unity of voice and overall coherence of the report.  Committees continue their work.

May 1, 2014
All remediation activities intended to close gaps in compliance are completed.

May 15, 2014
The Writing Committee submits a completed draft of the Self-Study Report to the Steering Committee and Chancellor's Cabinet.  The Committees continue their work.

May 22, 2014
The draft Self-Study Report is posted for public comment.

June 1, 2014
Public comment on the draft Self-Study Report closes.

June 16, 2014
The Writing Committee submits a second draft Self-Study Report to the Steering Committee and Chancellor's Cabinet.

July 31, 2014
The final Self-Study Report is transmitted to the Higher Learning Commission.

By September 30, 2014
The HLC accreditation team conducts a site visit.