September 4, 2008
Oklahoma Baptist University faculty Dr. Glenn Sanders recently was selected by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association to become a member of the Peer Review Corps as a Consultant-Evaluator. Sanders serves OBU as professor of history, division chair for the department of behavior and social sciences and assistant to the senior vice president of academic affairs. He will serve the Higher Learning Commission's Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality.
The Higher Learning Commission is composed of strategically selected professionals who display qualities of professionalism, competency and objectivity. Together these professionals serve as the Peer Review Corps and aid in the accreditation process of higher learning institutions.
As a Consultant-Evaluator, Sanders will be responsible for offering information to institutions to help improve the quality of their education and services and evaluate the quality of the institution's higher learning. Sanders will conduct site visits to higher learning institutions with other Consultant-Evaluators and prepare team reports with their evaluations.
"I'll serve on a team of five evaluators," Sanders said. "We will receive information about the school that we are to review and then visit the campus for a three-day stay. During that time we will meet with administrators, faculty members, students, trustees and others."
During the spring 2008 semester, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association visited OBU to conduct evaluations of the university. Sanders served as the coordinator of the self-study team comprised of 18 OBU faculty and administration. Because of his dedication and involvement with the accreditation process, Sanders was encouraged to apply for the Peer Review Corps.
"To be selected to serve in this elite group is both an honor and a significant commitment of time and energy," said Dr. Debbie Blue, senior vice president for academic affairs. "I am very pleased that the Higher Learning Commission has invited Dr. Glenn Sanders to serve as one of their peer reviewers. Not only is this affirmation of the work he has done related to our recent and very successful site visit, but his service will also afford OBU the advantage of keeping on the cutting edge of accreditation requirements. This is a great honor for Dr. Sanders and for OBU."
Sanders will undergo training and preparation for his new position this fall and begin conducting site visits during the spring semester. The Higher Learning Commission accredits institutions in 19 states including: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.