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University of Colorado at Boulder
Examples of University Libraries Evidence for Criteria 1, 3, 4, 5 of the North Central Association Higher
Learning Commission Requirements for Re-accreditation 2010
Examples of University Libraries Evidence for Criteria 1, 3, 4, 5
of the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission
Requirements for Re-accreditation 2010
CRITERION ONE: MISSION AND INTEGRITY
The organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission through structures and
processes that involve the board, administration, faculty, staff, and students.
Core Component C. Understanding of and support for the mission pervade the organization.
The first item of the Libraries three-part mission statement reads, “Be central to the
University community’s discovery, communication, and use of knowledge by providing
materials, information, and services that support the University's mission.” All goals and
objectives of the Libraries 2006 Strategic Plan emanate from that primary mission
(http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/dean/strategicplanfinal.pdf). Subsequent goals are
closely tied to Flagship 2030.
CRITERION THREE: STUDENT LEARNING AND EFFECTIVE TEACHING
The organization provides evidence of student learning and teaching effectiveness that demonstrates it is
fulfilling its educational mission.
Core Component C. The organization creates effective learning environments.
Because the library is every student’s “lab” for studying, collaborating, information-
seeking, and researching, extended hours, up-to-date discovery tools, and a conducive
environment are essential. For the first time in more than 30 years, a major renovation in
Norlin Library will add a new 24-hour entry into a physical learning portal with facilities
and services that respond to the needs students have been communicating for years and
include a 15,050 square feet Learning Commons, 7,770 square feet Research Floor, and a
new study space for graduate students. This renovation, scheduled to be completed in
May/June 2009, is the first of five phases included in a program plan for a Norlin retrofit.
A space planning consultant will be engaged to update the program plan for the
remaining stages, with the intent to initiate phase 2 on the completion of phase 1.
Core Component D. The organization’s learning resources support student learning and effective teaching.
The Business Library facility had become inadequate for serving the information
requirements of business faculty and students. It was expanded and renovated as part of
the Business School’s major remodel. http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/business/index.htm