UNLV received reaffirmation of its institutional accreditation by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) as of August 2, 2013.
UNLV received its NWCCU report from the April 2013 virtual evaluation. The university received commendations for participating in NWCCU’s pilot virtual evaluation program and also for its work to recruit and retain students from under-represented groups. Specifically mentioned were UNLV’s programs to bring 8th and 9th graders to campus and introduce them to college life and encourage under-represented students to apply to college. Also commended were the Academic Success Center’s work with students admitted under alternative criteria and the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach’s work to promote the success of economically disadvantaged students and adults by helping them to prepare for and persist in college programs.
UNLV was also commended for its strategic handling of the financial downturn. The reviewers found that the institution has made sound decisions for its future.
NWCCU had some recommendations for continuing to refine the core themes that are a part of the NWCCU’s new 7-year cycle of review. The evaluators found that substantial progress has been made by UNLV in increasing the consistency in use and implementation of the assessment of learning outcomes. However, NWCCU stated that there was indication that although documents for all programs could be found, for a number of programs the actual substance of those documents showed a lack of completeness and lack of rigorous intent that is expected of a robust assessment process. The evaluators recommend that the university continue to monitor and support the use of direct assessment of learning outcomes and to use the results of assessment for continuous improvement.
UNLV has also been asked by NWCCU to increase its assessment efforts in student financial aid services and academic advising.
NWCCU did recognize UNLV for its creative work in revising the General Education curriculum. The report stated that the University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (UULOs) were well designed and NWCCU encouraged UNLV to continue the development of General Education assessment strategies.
It was clear in the evaluation report and the commendations and recommendations from NWCCU that assessment is an essential part of all of the university’s activities. From external evaluation of our facilities to academic assessment reports, all areas of the institution need to assess what they do and use the results to make significant changes to improve future results and satisfaction.
We appreciate the efforts of the campus community in preparing for this virtual visit and look forward to continued progress.
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