Dear North Central Missouri College Partner,

In the spring of 2012, North Central Missouri College will formally conduct an accreditation process under the supervision and guidance of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This process was initiated almost two years ago as we formed our steering committee and began training them to lead this effort. Specific committees have been formed and a detailed self-study is underway. The self-study will be submitted the fall of 2011 and examined by a comprehensive review committee from HLC. This committee will then spend two and one-half days on campus the following spring. They will complete a final report and will issue a formal recommendation for accreditation. This process is designed to recognize components of the college where we excel as well as identify aspects which need improvement. As this process is completed, we will have involved literally hundreds of individuals in our self-study with an exhaustive examination of evidence by the review committee to validate its content.

We have developed an in-depth strategic planning process over the last six years and have pursued its objectives through action plans designed to improve our college. This plan will coincide with the accreditation process via the self-study to guide our efforts in the future. In addition, the evidence found in the self-study, combined with the results of the review committee, will highlight all areas of concern. The report includes both academic and non-academic elements which includes relevant data and artifacts of evidence to provide important information to guide our decisions as we look toward the future.

Dr. James Gardner, Dr. Jamie Hooyman and Mrs. Whitney Trump have guided these efforts and focused our labors to meet specific guidelines and timelines. Our Steering Committees have been both valuable players and cheerleaders as they have involved most of our faculty and staff in some manner to report each accreditation component accurately. We appreciate all of these efforts and eagerly look forward to completing the HLC accreditation and continuing our strategic efforts to improve our college.

If you have suggestions for improvement at NCMC, please do not hesitate to contact us or the Higher Learning Commission with your comments.



Dr. Neil Nuttall