Message from President Thayne:
Middle States Accreditation Status, July 2, 2013
Dear Members of the Campus Community,
I have just received good news from Dr. Barbara Gitenstein, Chair of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In the letter Dr. Gitenstein reports that the Commission acted:
To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To remove the warning and reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2015, providing further evidence that: (1) data are collected, managed, and archived by the institutional research office; (2) assessment plans and results are shared and discussed by appropriate constituencies in a timely manner; (3) assessment processes have sufficient simplicity, practicality and ownership to be sustainable; and (4) assessment results are used to renew strategic planning, to support bench marking and resource allocation, and to achieve documented improvements in all programs, services, and processes (Standards 7 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is now due November 1, 2018.
This is the official confirmation we have been waiting for and which the monitoring report by Dr. Valerie Lehr and Dr. Kathleen Herring recommended. Now that it is here I feel, as I am sure you do, a blessed sense of relief and elation.
Thank you to all for your extraordinary efforts in bringing about this very positive result. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Middle States Response Task Force for their hard work throughout the academic year. Our work together this year will be to further strengthen the processes and planning that efforts in assessment and institutional effectiveness put into place.