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Working Group 1 Focus: Mission and Goals

The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish.  The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission. Together, Working Group 1 developed five primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) that aligned with three Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and two Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 2 Focus: Integrity and Ethics

Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully. Together, Working Group 2 developed three primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) that aligned with three Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and two Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 3 Focus: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence in all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality.  All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program, pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations. Together, Working Group developed seven primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) that aligned with four Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and two Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 4 Focus: Support of the Student Experience

Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings.  The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes, to the educational experience, and fosters student success. Together, Working Group 4 structured four primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) that also aligned with three Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and two Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 5 Focus: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their programs of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education. Together, Working Group 5 structured three primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) that aligned with three Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and three Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 6 Focus: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement

The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges. Together, Working Group 6 structured four primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) aligning with three Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and three Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 7 Focus: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its student, and other constituents it serves. Even when supported by, or affiliated with, governmental, corporate, religions, educational systems, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy. Together, Working Group 7 structured five primary Lines of Inquiry (LI) aligning with three Requirements of Affiliation (RA) and two Institutional Priorities (IP).

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Working Group 8 Focus: Verification of Compliance

HU’s working group structure includes the establishment of a separate team (Working Group 8) for overseeing the federal compliance segment. Three university representatives, one faculty and two staff members, agreed to oversee the verification process by coordinating content-specific meetings.  Phase I confirms the extent of existing, required documentation. Phase II assembles the evidence for submission.

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Working Group 9 Focus: Communications

Harrisburg University’s Co-Chairs for the self-study recommended the Executive Steering Committee form a separate workgroup for the communications activities associated with conducting the self-study and hosting the visiting team. Further discussion influenced the separate intended outcome 4: Identify elements of an effective internal and external communications plan. Key activities and milestones consider communication needs throughout the self-study process, and references specific audiences, including students. Additional charges involve determining areas of success, opportunities for continuous improvement, and where innovative efforts have led to success or might serve as a means for communication enhancement.

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