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Southern Illinois University Self Study

Southern at 140: A Progress Report Towards Southern at 150

SIU Carbondale Report: February 2016 Main Content

In light of the state of Illinois’s budget impasse in FY 2016, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), SIU Carbondale’s regional accrediting body, requested a brief report on how the university is managing its own budget. About 20 percent of SIUC’s operating expenses are normally covered by its state allocation. Without that support since July 1, 2015, the university — like all public higher education in Illinois — has taken steps to protect its core educational mission. SIUC’s report to the HLC in February 2016 is now publicly available to the university’s many stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students. Everyone needs access to this information. See report.

NCA Accreditation Self-Study

In March 2010, a team of consultant-evaluators was sent by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), our regional accrediting agency, to consider SIU's application for a ten-year renewal of our accreditation. The work of preparing for this reaccreditation review began in earnest in the spring of 2006, and a Steering Committee with representation from across the university oversaw the work of five subcommittees, charged with researching and drafting chapters of our self-study report, which was presented to the review team in advance of their site visit.

The links on the left side of this page will take you to the pages for these five subcommittees, formed around the five criteria for accreditation established by the NCA. A public draft of our entire self-study report was available for comment in spring 2010.

Self-Study Steering Committee

James Allen, Self-Study Coordinator; Kevin Dettmar; Bruce DeVantier; Larry Dietz; Patricia Elmore; Philip Gatton; Carol Henry; Frank Houdek; Charla Lautar; Fern Logan; Sara Long Roth; Pat Manfredi; John Martinko; Laura Murphy; Jon Pressley; Lawrence Schilling; Sharon Shrock; Suresh Tadisina; Susan Tulis; Demetrous White; David Wilson.

Phase 2:  Thematic Task Groups

Financial Resources - Carol Henry, Kevin Bame; Physical Resources - Philip Gatton; Shared Governance - Brad Colwell; Campus Climate - Peggy Stockdale; Diversity - Carmen Suarez; Academic Activities - Mark Amos; Research - Prudence Rice; Service/External Relations - Mike Ruiz; Data Coordination - Lawrence Schilling; HLC Resource - Jay Means

Phase 3:

Higher Learning Commission Response (PDF)

Phase 4:

Progress Report on the Budget and Higher Learning Commission Response (PDF)

Phase 5:

Focused Visit Report

Optional Supporting Evidence

In Response to the 2010 Comprehensive Evaluation Visit Report by the Higher Learning Commission Prepared by Southern Illinois University

Focused Visit Report Steering Committee:
Laurie Achenbach, Chapters One and Eight, Report Coordinator and Chair; Allan Karnes, Chapter Two; Meera Komarraju, Chapter Three; Tamara Workman, Chapter Four; Holly Hurlburt and Sue Rimmer, Chapter Five; Suzanne Altobello, Chapter Six; Linda McCabe Smith, Chapter Seven; Jim Allen, Editing; Suzanne McCrary, Formatting, Webmaster

Focused Visit Site Preparations Committee
Jim Allen, Chair; Laurie Achenbach; Anne Cooper Moore; Ruth O’Rourke; Tiffany Spencer; George Vineyard

Phase 6:

HLC Final Focused Visit Report

Report of a Commission-Mandated Focused Visit. A commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The evaluation team included:

Celestino Fernández, University Distinguished Outreach Professor, School of Sociology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (Chairperson)

Jean M. McEnery, Professor, College of Business, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Wesley G. Tschetter, Vice President of Finance and Business/CFO, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007