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The Collection of Papers is a resource for all who are interested in higher education quality. Comprised of papers by presenters at HLC's 2016 Annual Conference, the Collection features specific examples of institutional experiences with evaluation, accreditation and institutional improvement.

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Assessment Made Meaningful: Removing Obstacles to Participation
Gina Kamwithi, North Central State College

Assessment Resource(fulness): Developing a Rich Culture of Assessment with Limited Resources
Jeffrey Kratz and Karin Wright, Lincoln College

Assessing Global Learning: Lessons from an Assessment Academy Project
Victoria Childs, Kay Young McChesney, and Karen Moranski, University of Illinois at Springfield

Core Professional Attributes in Health Professions Education: Developing Institutional-level Assessment
Melanie J. Davis and Jane Hawthorne, A. T. Still University of Health Sciences

Making Math Matter: Transforming Math into a Multi-Competency Learning Experience
Sherman Elliott, Ben VanDerLinden, and Judith Eroe, Grand Canyon University

Nonacademic Assessment: Finding the “Start Line”
Tricia A. Kujawa and Lesley Frederick, Lincoln Land Community College

HLC Criteria and Processes

AQIP Portfolio Wins and Try-Agains: Pounding and Heckling Parliamentary Style
Jill Carlson, Santa Fe Community College; Janna L. Oakes, Regis University; and Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue University Calumet

Dancing Backwards in High Heels: Small Institutions and Criterion 5.D.
Donna J. Lewis, Barbara D. Wright, and Letha B. Zook, University of Charleston

Getting Students to Contribute to the Assurance Argument
Karen Vittengl, Truman State University

Successfully Implementing AQIP: It’s About All of Us All the Time
George White, Kim Bloss, Jennifer Rowsam, Brian Logan, and Gerald Plumlee, Southern Arkansas University

Planning and Improvement

A Mission-Conscious Women’s Leadership Seminar to Boost Institutional Effectiveness
Debra K. Mooney and Sandra Richtermeyer, Xavier University

Beyond the Horizon Through a Robust Strategic Plan in 190 Days
Adenuga Atewologun, Suzette Overby, and Gary Schindler, Riverland Community College

Change Agent Leadership
Linda L. Baer, Civitas Learning; Ann Hill Duin, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; and Deborah Bushway, Bushway Consulting

Documenting Perceptions of Organizational Change Through Reengineering at a Midwestern Comprehensive University
Chris Crawford and Kenneth L. Rigler Jr., Fort Hays State University

Engaging Stakeholders Through Social Media
Linda Elliott-Nelson, Arizona Western College

Killer Course Correction: Using Self-studies to Transform Gateway Courses
Andrew K. Koch, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education; Martine Courant Rife, Lansing Community College; and Mark Hanson, North Dakota State University

The Use of Diagnostic Metrics to Focus on Solutions
Janet Houser and Max Sotak, Regis University

Student Success

A Fiscally Sustainable Model: Institutionalizing Student Success Projects That Work
John Barthell, Wei Chen, Charlotte Simmons, Michael Springer, and Greg Wilson, University of Central Oklahoma

An Innovative Postsecondary Partnership Serving Students with Intellectual Disabilities
William Cario, Wanda Routier, and Carol Burns, Concordia University

Breaking Barriers to Participation in High-Impact Practices
Adrienne M. Forgette, Northwestern College

Bridging Academic and Student Affairs in the First-Year Classroom
Sumie Song, Barrington Price, and Jonathan Dodrill, North Park University

Helping Students Make a Good Living and Live a Good Life
Terry O’Banion, National American University

Student Success at the Liberal Arts College
Michael Latham, Randall Stiles, and Kaitlin Wilcox, Grinnell College

Teaching and Learning

From Proposal to Performance to Presentation: A Science-Based Performance-Learning Model
Jennifer R. Schroeder, Paris W. Barnes, and Anne Rammelsberg, Millikin University

Learning What “Works” in Transforming Pedagogy Within a STEM Curriculum
Joan Hawthorne, Anne Kelsch, and Brett Goodwin, University of North Dakota

Teaching Analytics: Efficient Strategies to Support Effective Online Instruction
B. Jean Mandernach and Kelly Palese, Grand Canyon University

The Latest in Engaging the Adult Student Online: Authentic, Meaningful and Real-World Engagement Models
Amy Smith, Rhonda Capron, and Kirsten Hoyt, University of Phoenix

Toward a “True Graduate Experience” in Professional Master’s Degree Programs
John Stone, Carolyn Morgan, and Seth Meisel, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


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