NCA Self Study

North Central Association

Accreditation Self-study Report 2008

Prepared for the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Accreditation Visit October 13-15, 2008


No division, office, or individual in a modern university can complete and document an authentic, institution-wide self study process in isolation. It is not an old saying—although it doubtless should be—that it takes a campus and its community to raise a re-accreditation self-study—particularly one as complete and thoughtful as the self-examination that Grand Valley has summarized in this document.

The Grand Valley self-study represents the combined contributions of many individuals, organizations, groups, and constituencies who were dedicated to working collaboratively shoulder-to-shoulder to complete this project, even when they didn’t see eye-to-eye on its every component. This report took many months to create, but for this university, the self-study has become much more than an effort focused on meeting an external organization’s criteria and finding the right words to place on each page. It has become an authentic process of self-examination, planning, and organizational renewal in which many participated for the benefit of all.

Grand Valley is both proud of and humbly grateful to the administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community representatives whose efforts shaped our self-study journey and its findings that are summarized herein. Their diversity and depth of knowledge are reflected in every chapter and come to life on every page.

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Volume 1
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Volume 3

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