A Student’s Guide to the Accreditation Visit
ACICS is the national accreditation agency that makes your degree worth something. By attending an accredited university, you are earning a degree that has merit and is determined by professionals that it is actually worth more than the paper it is printed on. These people are researching, asking questions, and investigating if you are getting what you pay for. They want to know:
- if the instructors hired are qualified to teach the material.
- if the instructors are keeping up to date with certifications for the areas in which they teach.
- if the students are getting the class time and homework required to gain the skills needed to learn the material.
- if the faculty members’ needs are being met by the school providing the teaching materials to support student learning.
- if the students are being provided the services the university is claiming they are providing—tutoring, workshops, GOAL, and We Care Alerts.
- if the library is properly stocked and staffed.
- if there is adequate rigor in the curriculum.
- if proper safety procedures are being followed.
ACICS is going to be ensuring the educational effectiveness of Globe-La Crosse from June 11th to the 13th. During this time you may see persons unknown to you wandering the campus, asking questions, and listening to your accolades and concerns about our campus. If the visit is uneventful, the campus will have a several year break from being
visited. ACICS plans visits to campuses based on the results of the previous visit. Time between visits ranges from one year to six years.
Although it may seem to be an inconvenience to the students for an accreditation visit to occur, it is for the benefit of each and every student who will be awarded a degree from the university.