Preparing for the November 2018 HLC Team Visit

Red Rocks Community College welcomes the five-member peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as part of the institution’s reaccreditation process. The visiting team will be on campus November 12-14, 2018. 

In preparation for the visit, RRCC has submitted our Quality Highlights Report, Federal Compliance filing, and Branch Campus Report.

In addition to group and individual interviews, the HLC team invites the campus to participate in these open forums and drop-in sessions.

Open Forums About Accreditation Topics

  • Open Forum on Criteria #1 & #2 (Mission, Integrity, and Responsible Conduct)
    Monday, November 12th,  9:35 - 11:00, Red Fox Room
  • Open Forum on Criteria #3 & #4 (Teaching and Learning)
    Monday, November 12th, 1:30 - 2:55 pm, Grays Peak & Torreys Peak
  • Open Forum on Criterion #5 (Planning) and Action Projects
    Tuesday, November 13th, 9:05 - 10:00, Grays Peak & Torreys Peak

Drop-In Sessions

(Come talk to an HLC team member about any topic)
  • Students - Monday, November 12, 4:00 - 4:55, Torreys Peak
  • Faculty - Monday, November 12, 4:00 - 4:55, Grays Peak
  • Staff - Monday, November 12, 4:00 - 4:55, Red Fox Room

On behalf of the RRCC Leadership Team, thank you for your interest and participation!

What have we been doing to get ready for our Comprehensive Evaluation Visit in November 2018?

Many of you have participated in our preparation retreats where we reviewed the AQIP Categories, the Criteria for Accreditation, and other topics relevant to continuous quality improvement.  In addition to these opportunities, we have completed a number of activities to ensure that we are all ready to speak to the great things happening at RRCC!

Fall 2017

  1. Develop Learning Assessment and Co-Curriculum Committees. 
  2. Develop the ILEARN process throughout the college. 
  3. “Close the loop” between strategic planning and budgeting.
  4. Conduct Open Forums and other communication to educate RRCC about Accreditation and the upcoming visit. 
  5. Collect External Stakeholder needs data from various advisory councils and boards. 
  6. Centralize Student Needs Data for review and action. 

Spring 2018

  1. Conduct a mock visit to review questions that the CQR Team will address. 
  2. Compile ILEARN and General Education Assessment Results that will allow us to improve student success and institutional effectiveness. 
  3. Complete a draft of the Federal Compliance Report by June 2018. 
  4. Complete a draft of the Quality Highlights Report by June 2018. 
  5. Compile climate data and other data for priority setting.
  6. Better align governance committees with RRCC Mission and Values to show how governance groups support the Strategic Plan.
  7. Send a team to the HLC Strategy Forum, HLC Annual Meeting, and other meetings.

Fall 2018

  1. Send HLC the Federal Compliance Report 8 weeks before the CQR visit.
  2. Send HLC the Quality Highlights Report 8 weeks before the CQR visit.
  3. Administer Student Opinion Survey in September 2018.
  4. Collect Third Party comments from external constituencies and send them to HLC no later than October 12, 2018 (four weeks before the start of the visit).
  5. Share and review HLC reports and evaluation questions with the college. 

What happens after our Comprehensive Evaluation Visit in November 2018?

The visiting HLC Team will write a summary report.  They will indicate:

  • Whether RRCC should be granted continuing accreditation;
  • Any requirements we must fulfill to receive reaffirmation of accreditation;
  • Whether we can chose our new pathway or whether we will be assigned to one by the Higher Learning Commission.