Overview of Faculty Success by Watermark and HLC

The Higher Learning Commission is one of the six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

At Faculty Success, we recognize that faculty activities can provide a wealth of valuable data for your self-study and evidence file. That’s why we’ve partnered with representatives at several HLC-accredited institutions to develop a series of base reports that provide evidence for Accreditation Criteria, Core Components and Assumed Practices.

For more details on the specific reports that are currently a part of the HLC Base Report Suite, view the following articles:

HLC Qualification Summary Report

HLC Scholarship and Research Summary Report

HLC Professional Development Summary Report

We are continually working to expand this suite of reports and are also happy to work with individual institutions to develop custom reports to further support accreditation needs.

The table below is a quick matrix, describing some of the Criteria where Faculty Success can provide support and evidence. Some of these reports are already available for you to put in place now (simply submit a work request!) and others are reports we are considering for future development. Let us know in the comments section if some of the “potential reports” listed would be beneficial to you!

Core Component

Sub-Point

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1.B. The mission is articulated publicly.

2. The mission document or documents are current and explain the extent of the institution’s emphasis on the various aspects of its mission, such as instruction, scholarship, research, application of research, creative works, clinical service, public service, economic development, and religious or cultural purpose

Scholarship and Research Summary Report

Potential: Service Summary Report

1.D. The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

3. The institution engages with its identified external constituencies and communities of interest and responds to their needs as its mission and capacity allow.

Potential: Service Summary Report

3.B. The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs

 5. The faculty and students contribute to scholarship, creative work, and the discovery of knowledge to the extent appropriate to their programs and the institution’s mission

Scholarship and Research Summary Report

Potential: Student Collaborator Report

3.C. The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services

    
1. The institution has sufficient numbers and continuity of faculty members to carry out both the classroom and the non-classroom roles of faculty, including oversight of the curriculum and expectations for student performance; establishment of academic credentials for instructional staff; involvement in assessment of student learning.

Potential: Curriculum Development Report 

Potential: Faculty Counts and Workload Report

2. All instructors are appropriately qualified, including those in dual credit, contractual, and consortial programs.

Faculty Qualification Summary Report

Scholarship and Research Summary Report

3. Instructors are evaluated regularly in accordance with established institutional policies and procedures

Various Annual Review reports and workflow evidence within Faculty Success

4. The institution has processes and resources for assuring that instructors are current in their disciplines and adept in their teaching roles; it supports their professional development

Professional Development Summary Report

6. Staff members providing student support services, such as tutoring, financial aid advising, academic advising, and co-curricular activities, are appropriately qualified, trained, and supported in their professional development.

Potential: Staff Qualification Report

3.D. The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

3. The institution provides academic advising suited to its programs and the needs of its students.

Potential: Faculty Advising Report

3.E. The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

2. The institution demonstrates any claims it makes about contributions to its students’ educational experience by virtue of aspects of its mission, such as research, community engagement, service learning, religious or spiritual purpose, and economic development

Scholarship and Research Summary Report

Potential: Service Summary Report

3.D. The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.

3. The institution provides academic advising suited to its programs and the needs of its students. Potential: Faculty Advising Report

3.E. The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.

2. The institution demonstrates any claims it makes about contributions to its students’ educational experience by virtue of aspects of its mission, such as research, community engagement, service learning, religious or spiritual purpose, and economic development Scholarship and Research Summary Report

Potential: Service Summary Report

4.A. The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs.

 
1. The institution maintains a practice of regular program reviews. You may choose to include Annual Review/Evaluation information in these program reviews.

Scholarship and Research Summary Report

Professional Development Summary Report

Potential: Service Summary Report

5. The institution maintains specialized accreditation for its programs as appropriate to its educational purposes.

AACSB Base Reports, ABET Base Reports, CAEP Base Report, CCNE Base Report, LCME Base Report

4.B. The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.

4. The institution’s processes and methodologies to assess student learning reflect good practice, including the substantial participation of faculty and other instructional staff members.

Demonstrated through Faculty Activity Reports

5.B. The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.

2. The institution has and employs policies and procedures to engage its internal constituencies—including its governing board, administration, faculty, staff, and students—in the institution’s governance.

Demonstrated through Faculty Activity Reports

Potential: Service Summary Report

 

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