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 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.