The final phase of Estrella Mountain's self-study includes a site visit from peer reviewers, known as consultant-evaluators. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) determines membership of this team. When determining the membership of the visiting team, the Commission considers a number of institutional factors such as:
- the institution's desires for the team, size of the institution
- the highest degree level offered (associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate)
- the mission/scope of the institution
Estrella Mountain's college president will be asked to review a group of potential consultant-evaluators to ensure the team is a fit with EMCC’s mission and profile. The exact number of assigned consultant evaluators varies, but may range from five to seven. The visiting team chair will work with the president and Self-Study Resource Team to identify and schedule all aspects of the visit, and will lead the HLC visiting team. Once on campus, interviews will be scheduled with employees and students as they try to determine whether the college is meeting its mission through the curricular and co-curricular offerings as published in public documents and observed through practices and policies.
Scheduled Visit Date:
November 7-9, 2011