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KU accreditation panel issues report

November 27, 2004

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After two years of work, a committee working on re-accreditation at Kansas University is ready for the world to read its report.

The accreditation self-study has been posted for scrutiny on the university's Web site. It soon will be forwarded to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which will send an accreditation committee to KU in late January.

"It's like writing a book," said Barbara Romzek, the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who is chairwoman of KU's accreditation committee. "A 300-page manuscript is what it is."

The report examines every school and entity at KU.

"The reaction people have is, 'My gosh. I didn't know KU is doing all that stuff,'" Romzek said. "Everybody gets busy doing their little piece of it."

The report also sets broad goals for the university -- including increased internationalization and service outreach -- and addresses concerns raised by officials during the last accreditation visit.

Those include the recruitment and retention of minorities among faculty, staff and students, library space, admissions criteria and technology enhancements.

Questions or comments about the report can be directed to Deb Teeter at deb-teeter@ku.edu or Christine Keller at christine-keller@ku.edu.

The NCA accreditation team will review the report before it comes to KU to meet with students, faculty, staff and administrators.

"What the higher learning commission expects us to do is show evidence that we've met their standards," said David Shulenburger, provost and executive vice chancellor. "As I read through it, we sort of overwhelm them with evidence."

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