As part of the culminating comprehensive evaluation, institutions on the Open Pathway undergo an assurance review, which includes two primary components:  writing an assurance argument that speaks to how the institution meets the Criteria for Accreditation set out by the HLC, and assembling an evidence filing with supporting documentation for the claims made in the argument.

U-M began work on the assurance argument in early 2017. A working group of faculty and staff formed in the summer of 2017 to begin drafting claims.  Evidence leads from the schools and colleges, Student Life, and the University Library lead the evidence discovery and collection process for their respective units. The core team is also working with other central units to identify and collect additional items and develop an evidence database.

Submitted evidence is likely to include:

  • mission statements
  • learning outcomes and assessment plans
  • examples of curricular change and innovation
  • policies, strategic plans, and meeting minutes
  • budgetary documents
  • student, faculty, and staff handbooks
  • materials from recent specialized/professional reaccreditations

Campus Town Halls

Incorporating input from faculty, students, and staff is essential to the argument drafting process. To foster this critical campus-wide engagement, the Office of the Provost and CRLT hosted several town halls in March 2019. Each town hall related to one or two Criteria for Accreditation. Additional opportunities for campus involvement are forthcoming.