SGA discuss HLC visit, ROTC closing
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 13:10
Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, spoke to SGA Tuesday afternoon about welcoming the Higher Learning Commission reviewers to the A-State campus.
“You want your institution to be accredited because that means we’re meeting standards,” Cooksey said.
Cooksey said the university has been working three years for the visit which will finally arrive on Oct. 28-30.
A-State has been involved in a self-study for those three years, and the HLC committee will review the institution to ensure the study has been accurate.
“Arkansas State University educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth and enriches life,” is the university’s mission statement (also known as e3), one Cooksey challenged SGA to learn and spread around campus for the HLC visit. She said the HLC reviewers like to walk around and ask students what the mission statement is.
“I want people to ask you, ‘what is this e3?’” she said.
SGA members will have the chance to meet with the HLC reviewers, and Cooksey and Julie Isaacson, associate professor of nursing and chair of Faculty Senate, encouraged the students to take this opportunity.
“They’ll be looking for evidence that we do educate, enhance and enrich you,” Isaacson said.
Cooksey added that the university has gone through several changes in the last 5-10 years, and since the last time the HLC committee visited.
During other announcements, Senator Jordan Mays explained the recent decision to possibly shut down A-State’s ROTC program, and asked SGA to call a senator to show their support for saving A-State’s ROTC.
“That’s going to affect about 120 people, including myself,” he said. “A lot of the contracted cadets, including myself, will have to leave the university that we call our home and find a new one.”