Becky Rose, Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) coordinator and data analyst for State Fair Community College, has accepted an invitation to serve as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association.
The HLC is an independent corporation that accredits more than 1,000 degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states.
It relies on a volunteer Peer Review Corps of about 1,300 carefully selected and trained faculty and administrators from institutions within the region who serve as agents of the commission in its evaluation and decision-making processes.
Peer reviewers are responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with accreditation criteria and for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission. Rose will be required to attend a three-day training program this fall, as well as ongoing advanced training throughout her two- to three-year initial term.
Reviewers are expected to accept and follow through on evaluation assignments, all of which have different levels of commitment. For example, as a member of an evaluation team visit, Rose could expect to spend 20 to 30 hours preparing for the visit, two to three full days during the visit and 20 to 30 hours after the visit writing and revising portions of the team report.
Qualities expected in reviewers include professionalism, competence and objectivity and fair judgment, according to the HLC website.
Rose, of Lincoln, has worked for the college for a total of 10 years and has been AQIP coordinator since 2009. Prior to that she served as a data and reports specialist and technician and in the college’s TRiO Student Support Services program. She received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1997 from the University of Central Missouri.
Dr. Brent Bates, vice president, Educational and Student Support Services, said the college is extremely proud that Rose has been selected as a peer reviewer.
“Through this process, Becky will not only be able to share her expertise about quality based on SFCC’s continuous quality improvement experiences, but also will be able to gather best practice examples from other institutions she will review,” said Bates.
The HLC is one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.