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Team Structure

The project structure included several focused teams that worked in a coordinated and collaborative manner to develop the assurance argument, multicampus reports, and the federal compliance filing for the comprehensive review. These teams included, 1) criteria teams that were charged with addressing each of the five accreditation criteria in the assurance argument, 2) the executive team composed of senior leaders who provided leadership, direction, and general guidance to the development of the assurance argument, 3) the resource group that included colleagues across the institution who served as subject matter experts for specific areas and core components, 4) the multicampus reports team, 5) the federal compliance team, and 6) the planning team. Together the teams represent the breadth of our institution’s constituent groups, shared governance, and mission-related activities.

Process Heading link

Through an inclusive, transparent, and collaborative process, faculty and staff developed the institution’s evidence-linked assurance argument that demonstrates how UIC meets HLC accreditation criteria and engages in continuous improvement efforts across all operations to fulfill our mission and create lasting impact.

Executive Group Heading link

Senior administrators from all vice chancellor units and deans from the 16 colleges serve as the executive group that is providing direction and guidance to the comprehensive review preparation.

Core Team Heading link

The Core team is tasked with facilitating and planning the comprehensive review process, including the development of the university’s evidence-linked assurance argument, federal compliance filing, multi-campus report, implementation of HLC’s student opinion survey, and preparation for the onsite visit on March 11 and 12, 2024. All core team members are also directly participating in the criteria teams and or engaging in an advisory capacity.

Core Team Members

  • Dana Wright, Director of Academic Program Development
  • Eric Schwarze, Associate Director, Academic Program Development
  • Kim Neumann, Accreditation Specialist
  • Nikos Varelas, Vice Provost, Academic Programs and Effectiveness
  • Ranfen Li, Director, Academic Program Review and Assessment
  • Ritu Subramony, Director of Accreditation
  • Tremayne Price, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chancellor

Criteria Teams Heading link

Charged with creating a coherent, evidence-linked assurance argument, five criterion teams are working to develop the institution’s assurance argument in response to the Commission’s five criteria for accreditation. Each team is led by co-leads or a single lead (criterion 4) and has an assigned writer and criteria team members. Additionally, identified subject matter experts are supporting the teams in their ongoing work. One additional team is working on developing the federal compliance filing and multicampus report.