Self-Study News

September 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 draft Self-study Design is complete. Following an intial drafting period during January and February 2017, the Design was shared shared with members of the University community for comment.

The University received positive feedback to the Design and additional guidance from the University's MSCHE Staff Vice President Liaison, Dr. Ellie Fogarty, during her site visit to the University on March 31. In addition to meeting with representatives of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee, the President, President's Cabinet, University Governance Council, the Steering Committee, and others, the visit included a campus forum for faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the self-study process and Middle States expectations. The final Design was submitted to MSCHE on May 10, and approved 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.  Now that the design is approved, the members of the Steering Committee and  Working Groups will conduct research and analysis, gather documentation, and begin drafting reports to describe how we meet Middle States standards, and address our research questions. Drafts of these reports will be ready early in the new year for campus review.

Click here to view the Intended Outcomes and Research Questions for self-study.  

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)

August 2017 Self-Study Retreat: Welcome and Remarks from Rev. Herbert Keller, S.J., Interim President (August 2017)

Fall 2017 Self-Study Update - From the Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs (September 5, 2017)