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Dates/Activity Prior to Visit of April 2007

Date

Prior to the Team Visit

What the Organization Does

What the Commission Does

October 2002

(Actual time begun at UW Oshkosh)

4-1/2 years

  Appoints self-study steering committee

  Initiates planning the self-study process

 

 

November 2004 (Suggested by NCA)

2-1/2 years

  Ongoing

 

   Sends two-year reminder letter to organization reminding it of scheduled evaluation (September)

November 2004 – April 2005

2 – 2-1/2 years

  Notifies Commission of its Self-Study Coordinator, preferred visit dates, proposed changes to the SAS

   Sends Annual Meeting information and registration packets to Institution (December)

April 2005

2 years

  Self-study steering committee develops a self-study design and submits it to the Commission staff liaison

  Steering committee organizes and selects principle subcommittees

  Subcommittees gather data, conduct interviews, analyze, and develop draft reports for submission to steering committee

  Participates in Workshop on Self-Study and other Annual Meeting programs (March/April)

   Staff liaison reviews the design and provides feedback to the organization

   Staff liaisons make presentations on self-study and other topics meet with organizations at the Annual Meeting

November 2005 – April 2006

1 – 1-1/2 years

  Sends to Commission information suggesting desired team competencies

  Confirms date of visit and other organizational information

   Sends one-year reminder letter to organization (September)

   Confirms date of visit and other organizational information

   Sends Annual Meeting information and registration packets to organization (December)

April 2006

1 year

  Steering committee analyzes information; prepares, completes studies, prepares rough draft of the self-study report

  Participates in Workshop in Self-Study and other Annual Meeting programs (March/April)

   Staff liaisons make presentations on self-study and other topics, meet with organizations at the Annual Meeting

April 2006 – August 2006

8-12 months

  Steering Committee circulates and receives reaction to draft report

 

April 2006 – November 2006

5 – 12 months

  Editor compiles final self-study report

   Commission sends a list of proposed team members and an Evaluation Visit Summary Sheet to organization

  Sends comments on proposed team members to the Commission

   Commission formally invites team members to participate

August 2006 – December 2006

4 – 8 months

 

   Commission notifies organization and team that team is complete. (In general, fall teams are completed by August 1, spring teams are completed by October 15)

January 2007

3 months

 

   Team chair contacts organization to make arrangements for evaluation visit

January 2007

3 months

  Duplicates self-study report, etc.

  Prepares for team visit

   Commission sends materials for the visit to team and the organization

February 2007 – March 2007

1-1/2 – 2 months

  Sends one complete set of evaluation materials to each member of the Evaluation Team and to the Commission staff liaison.