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Barrett, Fisher Named to Assist with UW’s Reaccreditation Project

October 1, 2018

Steve Barrett and Rick Fisher have been named Faculty Accreditation Fellows (FAF) to assist with the University of Wyoming’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation project.

Barrett is an associate dean in the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science, and Fisher is an associate lecturer in the Department of English.

Barrett will assist Anne Alexander, UW associate vice provost for undergraduate education and UW’s HLC accreditation liaison officer, in organizing UW’s evidence for the report, editing the committee’s overall report and organizing the complexities of the peer review team visit.

Fisher will help determine evidence that is best suited to the report and will “do the bulk of the assurance argument writing,” Alexander adds.

The FAFs are working with Alexander to craft the institution’s assurance argument for the “Open Pathways” reaccreditation visit in November 2019. The FAFs will spend the next several months assisting in the writing of the assurance argument and preparing for the HLC peer review team visit to the Laramie and UW-Casper campuses.

“I am thrilled to be able to work with both of these talented faculty members,” Alexander says. “They each bring unique perspectives and strong backgrounds in accreditation and assessment. They are both exemplars of the best of our faculty, truly passionate about student success and using data to guide continuous improvement in all we do.”

The team currently is gathering evidence from across UW to demonstrate how the institution meets HLC criteria for accreditation; how UW practices its mission each day; and how the university meets criteria for federal compliance for Title IV funding.

Barrett received a B.S. degree (1979) in electronic engineering technology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha; an M.E.E.E. (1986) from the University of Idaho-Moscow; and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering (1993) from the University of Texas-Austin. He is a UW electrical and computer engineering professor; a senior member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers); and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, for which he is the faculty adviser. His research interests include digital and analog image processing, computer-assisted laser surgery and embedded controller systems.

Barrett is a registered professional engineer in Wyoming and Colorado, and he serves on the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

Fisher received a B.A. (2002) in English and an M.A. (2006) in English, both from UW. He teaches academic and technical writing courses.

Fisher coordinated UW’s transition to the University Studies Program 2015 communication course outcomes and has directed the UW Writing Center. He currently is the director of communication across the curriculum.

Fisher’s focus is on supporting faculty as writers and as teachers of digital, written and oral communication.

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