Accreditation – Writing the Assurance Argument

The Criteria for Reaffirmation of Accreditation can be found at the Higher Learning Commission’s website.

Simpson will write an Assurance Argument explaining how Simpson meets the Criteria or, if we do not, the changes we will make to do so.

Teams were developed from faculty, staff, administration and students to write the Assurance Argument.

Criterion Teams

Criterion One: Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.
Team:
Jill Johnson (convener), Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Mara Bailey, Chaplain
John Benoit, Professor of Music
Ben Gaumer, Board of Trustees
Erica Heidler, Student

Criterion Two:  Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
Team:
Mark Gammon (convener), Associate Professor of Religion
Luke Behaunek, Director of Residence Life
Cathy Hoch, Assistant Vice President for Business Services
Deb Tierney, Vice President for Enrollment
Phil Webb, Board of Trustees
Jessalyn Holdcraft, Student

Criterion Three: Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are
delivered.
Team:
Judy Walden (convener), Associate Professor of History
Kelley Bradder, Vice President of Information Technology Services, CIO
Rosemary Link, Associate Vice-president for Academic Affairs
Justin Brown, Assistant Professor of Biology
Jack Gittinger, Professor of Education

Criterion FOUR:Criterion Four. Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
Team:
Sal Meyers (convener), Professor of Psychology
Patricia Calkins, Professor of German
Jim Hayes, Associate Dean and Director of CVIL
Barbara Miller, Board of Trustees
Tyler Stokesbary, Student

Criterion Five: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.
Team:
Bob Lane (convener), Vice President for College Advancement
Ken Birkenholtz, Vice President for Business and Finance
Jim Thorius, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students
Mark Juffernbruch, Professor of Accounting
Allison Wolf, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Darrell Goodhue, Board of Trustees