It was great to start the academic year by welcoming our freshman class at New Student Orientation. The Convocation reminded all of us of the reason we are here – to educate and to serve our students. I appreciate all our faculty and staff have done to help launch these students into college life and support their success. I know we will continue to show them that they are our top priority. It does take a village – in our case, a campus – to create an environment that helps students reach the goal of earning a college degree.
That common purpose also motivates us as we focus on making their educational experience here even better. In that spirit, many across campus have dedicated time and energy to preparing for our visit from the Higher Leaning Commission (HLC), which will take place November 13-15. I encourage you to review and give feedback on our Assurance Argument. I also encourage you to participate in upcoming campus forums and other activities that will help us further prepare for the visit.
It is important that we familiarize ourselves with Adams State’s Mission and Vision and the ways we demonstrate them. This does not necessarily mean being able to recite the Mission word for word, but rather, to convey what that Mission looks like in action. We need to understand the ways we foster inclusive excellence and what it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution. We must show the positive outcomes of shared governance. Excellence in teaching and learning is our hallmark, and we create that in many ways, both in the classroom and through co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
I am confident we have done the work needed to address our challenges and that the HLC will continue our full accreditation. As we have been told by our consultants on the accreditation process, we are doing many things right.