Report on Biweekly Student Government Association
BY AUSTIN MORRIS
Efficiency Fund and Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Discussed At SGA
Two main items were discussed during the biweekly SGA meeting on Jan.13, the first being the Efficiency Fund Resolution, which is a $15 increase in tuition per student per semester that would go directly into a pool a funds aimed at making the campus more economically and environmentally efficient. During this session of SGA, the issue of the minimum number of voters required to present the referendum to the board of trustees was decided. It was resolved that there would be no minimum number of votes needed to pass the referendum, although a simple majority of 50 percent or more in favor of the referendum is required.. Voting is open until Jan 25, and additional information on the resolution can be found on the SGA Moodle Page under the item, Efficiency Fund Referendum.
The second main item of importance was a report on the pending Higher Learning Commission Accreditation, delivered by Dr. David Jones. According to Dr. Jones, Westminster would undergo an Assessment of Enrollment report, but was last successfully accredited in 2005. Committees composed of students, staff, and faculty will help the accreditation officials effectively assess Westminster’s current status. Officials are evaluating the college on five different criteria: Mission, Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct, Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support, Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement, and Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness.
Details can be found in the Assurance Argument on the HLC Accreditation Moodle page, which can be found by searching HLC on the class search bar. Included on this page are statistics about Westminster as well as the results of the December student survey. HLC officials visit Westminster on both Jan 26 and 27. On Jan 27, at 11:00 a.m. all Westminster students are invited to attend an open forum in Hermann Lounge. Here, students can directly express their feelings about the college to officials from the higher learning commission.