Higher Learning Commission to visit SVSU during re-accreditation process

KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI — Saginaw Valley State University has some very important guests this week.

The commission is a private corporation that contracts with the federal government to accredit degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions.

“The real value for us is to receive a thorough evaluation from a team of experts who will examine every aspect of the university, from finance and facilities to instruction and institutional mission,” said J.J. Boehm, SVSU spokesman. “As a result of our review 10 years ago, we made changes to our general education curriculum and we have data to show that students are learning more effectively because of those changes.”

Representatives from the commission will interview students, faculty, staff, administrators and Board of Control members during the three-day visit.

Schools are evaluated in five areas: mission statement; integrity: ethical and responsible conduct; teaching and learning: quality, resources and support; teaching and learning: evaluation and improvement; and resources, planning and institutional effectiveness.

Accreditation from the commission has a direct impact on students.

Having the accreditation allows SVSU to provide federally backed financial aid to students, Boehm said. About 80 percent of SVSU students receive financial aid.

It also allows allows SVSU credits to transfer to other colleges and universities and aids in faculty and staff recruitment.

SVSU first received accreditation in 1970 and the last re-accreditation was in 2004.

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