Certification of Compliance Document

The Certification of Compliance documents the University’s compliance with the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Mandates. Evidence will be provided to support claims of compliance. In cases of partial or non-compliance, the University will submit a plan for achieving compliance. Compliance with all twelve of the Core Requirements is compulsory, and compliance with the Federal Mandates is a prerequisite to qualify for federal programs such as the Guaranteed Student Loan Program. Non-compliance or partial compliance with a Comprehensive Standard requires a statement of how the University plans to come into full compliance.

Most of the information required for the Certification of Compliance will be submitted in electronic form (i.e., on-line and on CD). Most of the Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards apply to the University in general, and compliance will be documented by referring to the Regents' Rules, the University’s Handbook of Operating Procedures, University catalogs, and other existing sources. However, in a few cases responses are called for from various units of the University such as departments, colleges, centers, institutes, programs, and support services. This applies especially to provision of faculty credentials and information relating to assessment of programs at all levels. Assessment must be goal oriented and outcome based.

The deadline for completion of the Certification of Compliance is September 10, 2007. The University’s Certification of Compliance will be evaluated later that fall by an off-site committee, along with others from Level 6 institutions (research universities) that are undergoing reaffirmation in the 2008 cycle. The results of the off-site committee review will be conveyed to the university shortly after the committee submits its report. This will allow time for any questions that may have been raised in the Certification of Compliance to be addressed before the on-site committee comes to campus in the spring of 2008.

Focused Reports

Focused reports prepared by the university will be to address the findings of the Off-Site and On-Site Committees. The report responding to the Off-Site Committee will provide updated or additional documentation regarding the University’s determination of its compliance with the Core Requirements or Comprehensive Standards in question.

The focused report following the On-Site Committee’s report is to respond to all recommendations made by the On-Site Committee. The University’s response to these issues will be detailed and comprehensive and will explain thoroughly the actions taken by the University to ensure compliance with all appropriate Core Requirements and Comprehensive Standards.


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