President Hallick Offers Thanks for Accreditation Participation

Congratulations and thank you to all members of the university community for your individual and collective participation in the Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) comprehensive accreditation evaluation visit last week. The NWCCU evaluation team, led by faculty and staff from peer institutions in our region, held more than 40 individual sessions with students, faculty, staff, alumni and trustees to evaluate the university's accreditation status, in conjunction with the university's Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report.

The next step in the process will be for the evaluation team to draft a report making expected commendations and recommendations to the university on how Pacific University meets the commission’s established standards of educational quality and effectiveness. While we are not informed of the entire content of the report at this time, we expect to continue to be recognized for many aspects of the university’s mission, and we also expect to learn about several ways we can continue to improve our student learning and other key outcomes. The report will be made to the commission in January 2017, and we will hear their recommendations for us, which we will share with the university community, in early February. 

I want to especially thank the accreditation team of Marita Kunkel, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (project leader and accreditation liaison officer); Jenny Coyle, Dean, College of Optometry (head writer); Wil O’Shea, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment; Ann Barr-Gillespie, Vice Provost and Executive Dean, College of Health Professions (advisor); Lisa Carstens, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences (advisor); Karla Staihar, Senior Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Kim Greenwood, Administrative Assistant to Governance, for the significant and important work they did on behalf of the university.

Accreditation is an important time for reflection, assessment and affirmation of who we are as an institution and, as I met with the evaluation team last week, I was personally proud of our 167-year history of success as an institution and I am even more encouraged about our bright future. 

I look forward to sharing more with members of the university community later this week with an update on our equity, diversity and inclusion efforts. I also invite you to participate in the upcoming State of the University address on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in the MPR, and video-conferenced to Hillsboro and Eugene. As always, please feel free to contact me any time at with questions or suggestions.

Warmest Regards,

Lesley M. Hallick

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016