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UNK Welcomes NCA

North Central Self Study
Chapter 7: Criterion 5

UNK demonstrates integrity in its practices and relationships

Processes Ensuring Alignment with These Standards

One of the key steps in any system of self-regulation and accountability is to publish - and communicate about - norms, expectations, principles, objectives, and operational results. Many of the systematic modes of communication on these matters have been addressed in the first segment of this chapter and in earlier parts of the self-study report.

Mission statements, associated developmental plans, and fundamental operating rules are public records and are regularly discussed and examined within and outside of campus councils. Institutional marketing and student recruitment materials explain UNK's essential characteristics and developmental status to a variety of publics. Established campus communications mechanisms apprise students, faculty and staff of matters in which they have interest. Every day, routine teaching, advising, and mentoring contacts on campus apply governing principles to particular situations. Moreover, the public record about UNK is refreshed daily through:

Another key part of self-regulation is institutionalized introspection: systematic assessment and adjustment of the alignment between principles and objectives, on the one hand, and programs/conduct on the other. UNK achieves this in a variety of ways.

Most fundamentally, UNK's objectives arise from our established consultation, planning, decision-making, and assessment processes. From these, we evaluate and redirect our programs. That is, these internal processes give form to UNK's enduring commitment to provide an excellent educational and development opportunity for students. In addition, it also creates an exemplary workplace for employees. Hence, these processes become all inclusive, involving administration, faculty, staff and students.

Similarly important are established communications mechanisms in which the main actors in the education process - instructors and students - collaborate in learning.

For some significant areas of interest, special policies are available to identify and address instances in which university, staff, or student activity may have fallen short of expectations. Important among these are the following:

In addition, UNK strives to understand its students' views of its programs and procedures in order to evaluate and adjust its policies. Among the surveys used are:

In addition, of course, the UNK Ombudsperson is available to any member of the UNK community who believes the campus has not responded adequately to individual needs/concerns. All of these formal mechanisms augment the usual, day-to-day informal processes in which individuals may question actions or request redress of specific issues.

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