Series on accredition process to begin Friday

The Office of Academic Affairs will present a series of four Friday Forums this month beginning with “First-Year Seminar: ‘Core’ of the Core”  from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in room BE5 of the Memorial Student Center.

“These sessions are intended to introduce the university community to various elements and criteria the university will need to address in the assurance argument for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the site visit for which will be October 12-13, 2015,” said Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “We will begin with a consideration of the first part of our core curriculum, the First-Year Seminar, which emphasizes critical thinking learning outcomes.”

Ormiston added that the remaining three Friday Forums will take up the academic profile of students admitted to the university and those who graduate; the new university degree profile, which states the university’s general learning outcomes; and the accreditation process itself.

Here is a complete list of the sessions:

  • First-Year Seminar: “ ‘Core’ of the Core”
    Friday, Sept.  6,  2013,  3:30-5 p.m.,  BE  5  (MSC)
  • Marshall’s Degree Profile and Student Profile
    Friday, Sept. 13,  2013,  3:30-5   p.m., 402  DL.
  • Marshall’s HLC Quality Initiative and Assessment Project
    Friday, Sept. 20,  2013,  3:30-5 p.m., 402  DL
  • HLC Open Pathways Accreditation Expectations, Standards, and Criteria
    Friday, Sept. 27,  3:30-5   p.m., 402  DL.

For further information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs by e-mail at or by phone at 304-696-6840.