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UNK Welcomes NCA

North Central Self Study
Chapter 4: Criterion 2

Randy Haack/Lois Flagstad-Working-Group Co-Chairs, Erica Wendland, Frank Harrold, Roger David, John Lillis

The institution has effectively organized the human, financial, and physical resources necessary to accomplish its purposes.

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Draft Outline of Chapter 4 (Version 3) Criterion Two: The Institution has effectively organized the human, financial, and physical resources necessary to accomplish its purposes.
  1. Overview
  2. Administration and Governance
    1. External Governance
      1. Board of Regents [Pattern a]
      2. Central Administration [Pattern b]
      3. The Coordinating Commission (CCPE) [Pattern b]
    2. Internal Governance
      1. Organizational Structure [Pattern b]
      2. Systems of Governance [Pattern d]
        1. Faculty Governance
        2. Student Governance
        3. Staff Governance
      3. Collective Bargaining
    3. BOR established Peer Group
    4. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
    5. Strengths
    6. Concerns
  3. Human Resources
    1. Students [Pattern f]
      1. Headcount Enrollment Patterns
      2. Student Credit Hour Production
      3. Degree Production
      4. Demographic Characteristics
      5. Geographic Origins
      6. Quality of Incoming Students
      7. Persistence Rates
      8. Graduation Rates
      9. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
      10. Strengths
      11. Concerns
    2. Student Services [Pattern g]
      1. Academic
      2. Orientation
      3. Health & Well Being
      4. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
      5. Strengths
      6. Concerns
    3. Faculty [Pattern e]
      1. Full-time Versus Part-time Faculty
      2. Age
      3. Gender
      4. Ethnicity
      5. Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
      6. Terminal and Doctoral Degrees
      7. Selection of Part-time Faculty
      8. Graduate Assistants as Faculty
      9. Faculty Compensation
      10. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
      11. Strengths
      12. Concerns
    4. Staff [Pattern c]
      1. Age
      2. Gender
      3. Ethnicity
      4. Qualifications and Experience
        1. Administrators
        2. Managerial Professional
        3. Office Service
      5. Programs for Staff
        1. SAP/SIS training
        2. Orientation and Professional Development
        3. Mentoring
        4. Other
      6. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
      7. Strengths
      8. Concerns
  4. Financial Resources [Patterns k and l]
    1. Overview of UNK Financial Resources
    2. General Unrestricted Funds
      1. Revenue Trends and Analysis
      2. Expenditure Trends and Analysis
      3. Base Budget Reductions
    3. Restricted Funds
      1. Revenue Trends and Analysis
      2. Expenditure Trends and Analysis
    4. Auxiliary Funds
      1. Revenue Trends and Analysis
      2. Expenditure Trends and Analysis
    5. University of Nebraska Foundation
    6. Sponsored Programs
    7. Total Educational Costs and Financial Aid
    8. Peer Comparisons
      1. Enrollment
      2. Revenues
      3. Expenditures
      4. Tuition and Fees
    9. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
    10. Strengths
    11. Concerns
  5. Physical Resources
    1. Overview
      1. General Information
      2. Peer Comparisons
    2. UNK Master Plan [Pattern h]
    3. Facilities Management [Pattern h]
      1. State-Aided
      2. Revenue Bond
    4. Learning Environment [Pattern j]
      1. 1.Classrooms and Labs
      2. 2.Library
      3. 3.Distance Learning
        1. a) State infrastructure
        2. b) Campus infrastructure
    5. Information Technology [Pattern j]
      1. IT Master Plan
      2. Use of Technology Fees
    6. Recent Major Capital Projects [Pattern h]
    7. Maintenance & Repair [Patterns i and h]
    8. Asset Management
    9. Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation [Pattern g]
    10. Safety and Security [Pattern i]
      1. Campus Safety
      2. Impact of Homeland Security Issues
      3. Risk Management
      4. Hazardous Materials
    11. Parking [Pattern i]
    12. Relationship to Patterns of Evidence
    13. Strengths
    14. Concerns
  6. Conclusion
    1. A. Patterns of Evidence
    2. Strengths
    3. Concerns
    4. Summary

Patterns of Evidence

  1. Governance by a board consisting of informed people who understand their responsibilities, function in accordance with stated board policies, and have the resolve necessary to preserve the institutionís integrity.
  2. Effective administration through a well-defined and understood organizational structures, policies, and procedures.
  3. Qualified and experienced administrative personnel who oversee institutional activities and exercise appropriate responsibility for them.
  4. Systems of governance that provide dependable information to the institutionís constituencies and, as appropriate, involve them in the decision-making processes.
  5. Faculty with educational credentials that testify to appropriate preparation for the courses that they teach.
  6. A sufficient number of students enrolled to meet the institutionís stated educational purposes.
  7. Provision of services that afford all admitted students the opportunity to succeed.
  8. A physical plant that supports effective teaching and learning.
  9. Conscientious efforts to provide students with a safe and healthy environment.
  10. Academic resources and equipment (e.g., libraries, electronic services and products, learning resource centers, laboratories and studios, computers) adequate to support the institutionís purposes.
  11. A pattern of financial expenditures that shows the commitment to provide both the environment and the human resources necessary for effective teaching and learning.
  12. Management of financial resources to maximize the institutionís capability to meet its purposes.