The IUP Middle States draft Self Study Design Plan was reviewed by Dr. Debra Klinman, Middle States on Higher Education vice president, during her visit to IUP on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

The Self Study Design Plan outlines the major research questions the IUP community will ask in order to assess how well the university is achieving the 14 Middle States Standards of Excellence. The reviewed Self Study draft was developed in Fall 2013 through an inclusive and collaborative process involving the IUP Middle States steering committee and seven subcommittees, which include more than 180 IUP faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The steering committee is currently incorporating Dr. Klinman's recommendation into the Self Study Design, and the revised version will be available later this semester.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that evaluates higher education institutions and is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. IUP has been accredited by the commission since 1941. Accreditation review takes place every 10 years, and IUP's on-campus site visit will be in 2016.