Self Study Design

  • Self-Study 2013–2016 is a key component of IUP Middle States Accreditation 2016, our decennial university accreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Everyone in the IUP community, on and off campus, is invited to contribute thoughts on the progress the university has made since our last reaffirmation of accreditation.

    What does IUP do well? Where is improvement needed? Self-Study addresses all aspects of university life: academic programs, faculty/staff expertise, campus life, facilities, university governance, financial stewardship, community partnerships, and more.

    Watch for many ways to share your views--e-mail surveys, public forums, comment areas on published documents, and others--and participate. Your views are vital to IUP Middle States accreditation.

  • Self-Study Timeline

    Pre-Review: Steering Committee Forms; Pre-Planning Begins
    April-May 2013
    • Steering Committee Formed
    • First meeting of Steering Committee May 7, 2013
    May 2013
    • Self-study organizational model chosen

    June 2013
    • Subcommittee chairs selected; appointments to subcommittees begin 
     July 2013
    • Early draft research questions created by co-chairs; data gathering begins, organized according to MSCHE Accreditation Readiness Report Guidelines (“Document Roadmap”)
     August 2013
    • IUP Middle States website created
    • Data sharing wiki chosen (Confluence)
    Year 1: Subcommittees Form and Work Begins
    September 2013
    • MSCHE 2015 Review Process communicated to IUP community
    • Subcommittee appointments finalized
    • Communication plan finalized
    October 2013
    • Steering committee and subcommittees finalize research questions 

    • Initial meetings of subcommittees/subcommittee review of research questions/ return revised research questions to steering committee for final approval
     November 2013
    • Self-Study Institute
     December 2013
    • Research questions finalized by steering committee
    • Searchable data library created in Confluence
     February 2014
    • Self-study design finalized by steering committee
    • Site visit by MSCHE staff liaison to review self-study design on February 26, 2014; revisions to self-study design requested.
    • Data point person meets with subcommittees about data in Confluence
    • Subcommittees request data and begin analysis
     March 2014
    • Steering committee revises self-study design
     April-May 2014
    • Revised self-study design sent to MSCHE liaison April 30, 2014
    • Subcommittees continue to meet, gather data, and report back to the steering committee
    Year 2: Data Collection and Analysis by Subcommittees/Creation of Draft Self-Study Report
    September-December 2014
    • Subcommittees continue to collect and analyze data 
    October 2014
    • MSCHE Master Survey conducted via Qualtrics to IUP community

    November 2014

    • MSCHE Master Survey conducted via Qualtrics to IUP community

     December 10, 2014
    • Subcommittees submit drafts of Chapter Outlines to steering committee
     February 2015
    • First drafts of chapters from subcommittees submitted to steering committee co-chairs; reviewed by steering committee and feedback given to subcommittees
     April 2015
    • Second drafts from subcommittees submitted to steering committee co-chairs; reviewed by steering committee
     May 2015
    • Steering committee makes recommendations to Faculty writer by May 15
     Summer 2015
    • Faculty writer synthesizes report and drafts self-study report

    Year 3: Creation of the Final Report and On-Campus MSCHE Team visit
    September 2015

    • Self-study report (revised draft version) shared with  steering committee ; review and community-wide discussion of self-study; revisions made as necessary

    October 2015
    • Second draft of self-study generated and distributed

    November 2015
    • Self-study draft sent to Team Chair in advance of Preliminary Visit
    • MSCHE Evaluation Team Chair visits IUP campus

     December 2015-January 2016
    • Edits and revision of self-study based on feedback from Team Chair
     February 2016
    • Final version of self-study produced and sent to Visiting Team
     March-April 2016
    • Visiting Team visits campus (no later than April 15, 2016)
     June 2016
    • Commission meets to determine Accreditation Action