A note from Clif Ganyard about accreditation

“It will be a big year for UW-Green Bay, as 2017 marks UW-Green Bay’s 10-year Comprehensive Accreditation Review.  This means that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of several organizations in the United States recognized by the Department of Education, will review the University based on several academic and practical criteria addressing mission, educational quality and integrity, as well as compliance with federal regulations and academic progress as expressed in such efforts as the Quality Initiative. You can learn more about the HLC here, and about our particular accreditation pathway, the Open Pathway, here. Many of you have been helping me (Associate Provost Clif Ganyard) over the past year and a half begin to prepare for this review, which will culminate in an on-campus visit by HLC reviewers in October. As part of our preparation for that visit, three forums have been scheduled. Please mark your calendars and feel free to stop by at any time during the forum to ask questions or talk about UW-Green Bay’s progress toward accreditation. Drafts of several of the documents will be prepared for you to review as well. Forum dates and times:
-March 7, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 1965 Room, University Union
-March 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m. 1965 Room, University Union
-March 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m., 1965 Room, University Union”


UW-Green Bay’s Nursing programs earn full CCNE accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay learned recently that a comprehensive review of its undergraduate and graduate programs in Nursing has resulted in maximum accreditations from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The CCNE, a national nursing accreditation agency officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education, evaluated both UW-Green Bay’s longstanding Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and relatively new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. The University received confirmation in November that its BSN program was re-accredited for the maximum 10-year period, through 2025, and that the MSN was accredited for the maximum five-year period for new programs. Each program met all accreditation standards and had no compliance concerns.

“Specialized accreditation speaks to the high level of quality in the UW-Green Bay nursing programs and well-qualified faculty,” says Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, RN, PhD, who chairs and directs the University’s Nursing programs. “This ‘seal of approval’ from CCNE helps students to know that they will receive an excellent education at UW-Green Bay.”

For more than 30 years, UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Nursing has specialized in “degree completion” — educational offerings for registered nurses who hold two- or three-year nursing diplomas and seek to complete additional coursework to fulfill bachelor’s degrees requirements.

The BSN program at UW-Green Bay began in 1981 with on-campus courses, and added its popular online track in 1995. The program is widely recognized as a leader in online nursing education, with a majority of students today enrolled online. The 400 or so students declaring BSN majors make Nursing one of UW-Green Bay’s largest academic programs.

The University launched its master’s program in 2012, offering the MSN with an emphasis in “Leadership and Management in Health Systems.” The program graduated its first master’s degree recipients in May 2015. While the national accrediting body, the CCNE, requires a program be operative for a minimum of two years before being eligible for evaluation, the accreditation that UW-Green Bay has just received is retroactive. The program’s first seven graduates in May, then, graduated from an official CCNE-accredited MSN program.

More information about CCNE accreditation can be found at the organization’s, website http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation. More information about the UW-Green Bay Nursing program can be found at http://www.uwgb.edu/nursing/


HLC Accreditation: Help Needed

A note from Associate Provost Clif Ganyard requesting your help for the HLC Accreditation process:
“UWGB is preparing for its upcoming re-accreditation in 2017-2018. Accreditation is an important process that signifies the University’s academic qualifications, and on a practical level, makes the University eligible for federal funding and our students eligible for federal loans. UWGB is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation body. The University is on what is called an Open Pathway, the most important part of which is the Assurance System. The Assurance System is a system that universities use to present evidence that they meet the Criteria for Accreditation established by the HLC. Currently 50 individuals have agreed to serve on five different Accreditation Working Groups (AWG), one for each of the HLC’s criteria (Mission, Integrity, Teaching, Assessment, Resources). These groups already have begun scouring the University for the evidence that demonstrates UWGB’s record of excellence and efforts to live up to the high standards set by the HLC. This is very important work, and they will need help finding and collecting the appropriate documents to serve as evidence. If asked by one of these groups to provide documentation or to answer questions, please provide them with whatever assistance you can afford. By doing so, you will help make this work easier.”

Yes! Online bachelor’s in Health Information secures initial accreditation

UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”

Nursing Program earns solid reviews on site visit

Congratulations are in order for program chair Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dean Sue Mattison, and the entire faculty and staff of the Professional Program in Nursing. Earlier this week, UW-Green Bay hosted a three-day site visit by reviewers for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They looked at four broad areas and 28 separate standards in assessing the candidacies of the undergraduate program for re-accreditation and the new master’s program for initial accreditation. According to their preliminary, verbal report presented to Nursing and campus officials on Wednesday, the UW-Green Bay programs met all standards. The CCNE visitors reviewed documents and met with nursing students, faculty, community members, and various departments around campus. Their report will be forwarded to the CCNE’s Accreditation Review Committee and subsequently to their Board of Commissioners after which a final decision will be made on accreditation status. In a written thank-you, the Nursing program “wishes to thank all involved in the accreditation site visit this week including Dean Sue Mattison and staff in the Dean of Professional Studies Office, BSN and MSN students, numerous faculty and staff, departments that work closely with nursing such as Academic Technology Services, Library, Registrar and Financial Aid, nursing alumni, and so many others.”

Another step toward eventual business program accreditation

It was encouraging news recently for the Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and its pursuit of AACSB accreditation. Word was received from the AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – that UW-Green Bay’s self-study report has been approved. It’s a preliminary and necessary step in the multi-year review and accreditation process.

MCW-Green Bay gains final OKs — good to go for 2015

The Medical College of Wisconsin says it will begin recruiting the first students at its new Green Bay-area campus for inaugural classes in July 2015 after receiving a pair of key accreditations. The Higher Learning Commission expanded its current accreditation of MCW’s main campus in Wauwatosa to include MCW-Green Bay, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body specific to medical schools, determined the school to have the resources necessary to open its doors. It is expected the new school, to be located on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, will recruit UW-Green Bay graduates to its student body and University faculty members as instructors. For news on the accreditation.

Social Work earns eight-year renewal of accreditation

Congratulations are in order for the UW-Green Bay Bachelor’s in Social Work program, chairperson Jolanda Sallmann and program faculty. The Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education voted Friday to reaccredit the baccalaureate program for eight years. The Commission is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation, and ensuring that social work programs meet them. The multistep accreditation process involves program self-studies, site visits, and extensive review by the Commission on Accreditation.

Haynie, CATL to organize efforts on ‘online quality’ initiative

Associate Prof. Aeron Haynie has been appointed the director and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) identified as the home for a new initiative at UW-Green Bay that will assess and ensure the quality of online teaching and learning. Called the “Quality Matters” program, the project coincides with UW-Green Bay’s efforts to seek another full, 10-year renewal of its institutional accreditation. The University’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, has recently amended its criteria to encourage member institutions to demonstrate innovation and strategic purpose in improving higher education. After a yearlong process of research and consultation with individuals across campus, Chancellor Harden chose the Quality Matters program to be UW-Green Bay’s area of emphasis. QM is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-reviewed process. It was selected because of its fit with the campus Strategic Plan, because of the expansion of online education at UW-Green Bay, and because of the institution’s desire to ensure that all courses and program share the same high standards. Those with questions about the project may contact Haynie; Angela Bauer, special assistant to the provost; and Andrew Kersten, associate provost for academic affairs.