November 2017 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 since August 2017 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 a series of campus Town Halls in the fall 2017, fora that utilized an Ignatian Discernment model of inquiry. The information gathered from these events and a wide variety of other meetings has been used by the Working Groups to inform their process of reflection and analysis as they prepare their reports. Drafts of these reports will be ready early in the new year for campus review.
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)