On Thursday, Sept. 5, Marquette University Student Government welcomed Drs. Gary Meyer and Toby Peters, co-chairs for the university’s reaffirmation for reaccreditation initiative. Dr. Peters explained that the university’s reaccreditation journey began two and a half years ago when the committee began gathering information for the university’s Self Study. The theme and end goal of Marquette’s 2013 reaccreditation process is to “Reflect, Affirm and Inspire,” shared Dr. Peters. In his presentation, Dr. Peters quickly emphasized the importance of the reaccreditation process to the university’s qualification for federal financial aid, which is an important factor for 96 percent of Marquette students.
Dr. Meyer broke down the Self Study into five criterion, taking time to identify the strengths, challenges and opportunities for Marquette within each of the criterion. Marquette’s 90 percent retention rate and 80 percent graduation rate (over a six year period) are major strengths, along with the university’s commitment to retaining high-quality staff. However, Dr. Meyer highlighted diversity of students and faculty, advising and the implementation of the university’s new strategic plan as opportunities for growth within the Marquette community.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will make their reaccreditation visit from Monday, Sept. 30 to Wednesday, Oct. 2. Dr. Peters informed the Senate that the university would hold a Marquette “Spirit Day” on Monday, Sept. 23, designed to notify students on what will be happening with the process and increase Marquette pride for the upcoming week. MUSG and the university will give more details when they are available.
Additionally, an open forum for students will be held during the HLC’s visit. On Monday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m., students will have an opportunity to participate in the reaccreditation conversation. MUSG highly encourages all students to attend. Students interested in learning more about Marquette’s reaccreditation process should visit marquette.edu/accreditation.
Given that the university will remove the December graduation ceremony in 2014, MUSG passed legislation to omit provisions for selecting a December commencement speaker in its constitution. Amendment #3 passed unanimously.