September 2018 Campus Update
The Middle States Self-Study process is well underway. Under the leadership of the Self-Study Steering Committee and its co-chairs, Rebecca Beal and Julie Schumacher Cohen, the University completed the first phase of the process in 2016-2017. This included the structuring and staffing of the Steering Committee and Working Groups, and the development, submission, and MSCHE approval of the Self-study Design on June 19, 2017.
The Design outlines our goals and approach to the self-study process, including its timeline and organizational structure. In building the Design, the Steering Committee has crafted a series of proposed research questions that we hope will engage our University community in deep discussion about our institutional goals and other issues that are important to us.
Following the Design, the members of the Steering Committee and Working Groups have worked during the 2017-2018 academic year to conduct research and analysis, gather documentation, and begin drafting reports to describe how we meet Middle States standards, and address our research questions. An integral part of this process has been the sharing and discussion of the experiences and viewpoints of our faculty, staff, and students through meetings with individuals and groups, review of key documents and resources, and a series of campus Town Halls in the fall 2017 and Campus Conversations in Spring 2018. The information gathered through this inquiry has been used by the Working Groups as they prepared draft reports for each of the seven standards. These reports have been shared with the Campus Community via the my.scranton portal, and will serve as the basis from which the Steering Committee Co-Chairs will prepare the full self-study report, which will be shared with members of the campus community for feedback during the fall 2018 semester. Also this fall, we will host a preliminary visit from the chair of the Self-Study Peer Review Team.
In addition to the work of the seven standards-based working groups, the University is also preparing its self-study compliance report. This report documents how the University complies with the fifteen MSCHE Requirements of Affiliation and eight accreditation-relevant requirements from federal legislation.
Our goal for this self-study process is not only successful reaffirmation of our Middle States accreditation, but reflection, self-improvement, and ongoing renewal.
Self-Study Co-Chairs Appointed, Self-Study Process to Commence - A Letter to the University Community from Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President (August 2016)
Middle States Steering Committee Membership Announced - A Letter to the University Community from Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President (December 2016)
Draft Self-Study Design Ready for Campus Review - A Letter to the University Community from Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President (February 2017)
University Hosts MSCHE Vice President Liaison, Design for Self-Study Complete - From the Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs (May 2017)
Fall 2017 Self-Study Update, Town Halls Announced - From the Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs (September 5, 2017)
Middle States Town Halls Conclude, Highlights Shared with Campus Community - From the Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs (November 20, 2017)
Self-Study Update, Spring Conversations - From the Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs (April 11, 2018)
Working Group Reports for Campus Review - From the Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs (June 11, 2018)