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Accreditation Matters Instagram Contest

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is sent a site review team to SVSU Instagram Icon‌April 7-9 for reaccreditation. While on campus, they wanted to see proof that what we are really doing what we say we do in our Self-Study. Are we fulfilling our mission and vision statement? Do we have the programs, processes and resources to fulfill the mission?

A picture is worth a 1,000 words, some say. The HLC Street Team conducted an Instagram photo contest that ran through April 4 as a way to generate awareness of the visit. All SVSU students, faculty and staff were invited to participate in the contest. The rules are as follows:

1.  Snap a photo exemplifying one of five themes in the mission of SVSU:

    • Opportunity
    • Inquiry
    • Diversity
    • Leadership
    • Cultural Center

2.  Post it to Instagram using the hashtag #SVSU and indicate which one of the five themes is being shown in the photo.

3. After that, participants are automatically entered into the contest, which ends Friday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m.

4. Prizes (restaurant gift certificates, gas cards, department store gift cards, SVSU swag) will be awarded. Winners will be announced via Instagram by (UPDATED) Wednesday, April 9.

[ See photo submissions (4,953kB) ]

This photo contest encouraged students, faculty and staff to become familiar with the University’s Mission Statement. Taking it one step further, how do you, as a student or employee, contribute to the University achieving the mission? Being able to answer that question will be important during the reaccreditation visit. Representatives on the HLC site team will visit campus, and speak to students and faculty in classes and more informally in “stop and chats” on campus. By understanding the University’s mission and how we are achieving it, you are doing your part in helping the University earn its reaccreditation.

According to the commission’s website, the HLC is an independent corporation and one of two commissions members of the NCA, which is one of six regional institutional accreditation bodies in the United States. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary institutes in the North Central region. SVSU has been accredited by the commission since 1970. The HLC’s last site visit to SVSU was in 2004.


Congratulations to the following Instagram users for being selected as a winning entry.  Claim your prize at the Office of Residential Life in Curtiss Hall 114.  

  • allysacope
  • bethanythrun
  • tlffez_3369 
  • srjacks1
  • ambergraceswan 
  • itsmekaciclyn
  • cdcoffey
  • juliankarza
  • collincranel 
  • danhillyo 
  • tootsieleelee
  • megatronmccoy
  • andlemell
  • taylorwiegel
  • the_catalyst_lz
  • 17valarie13
  • mysteriousluigi
  • alzpoag