As part of the university’s accreditation renewal process, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) determined that “Missouri State is to be commended for its work on this three-year project which has the potential to impact other institutions through the sharing of resources as outlined in the report.”
The ongoing Quality Initiative Project, as a function of the Office of Assessment, is intended to align “institutional outcomes with general education, public affairs, student affairs and professional education outcomes” through a collaborative review of student work related to the Public Affairs mission. This in turn leads to institutional changes as the project’s findings are re-integrated in the classroom as well as co-curricular programs.
The HLC determination is based on four criteria that they feel were demonstrated by the institution:
*Seriousness in the project
*Institutional commitment and engagement
The university’s accreditation is reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission once per decade, and the 2015 review will culminate in an on-site visit taking place in October.