On February 26, 2014, Timothy Runge, the Department of Educational and School Psychology, and IUP’s Middle States Steering Committee hosted Debra Klinman, vice president of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 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. Runge serves on the Middle States Steering Committee for the higher
education accreditation process and is also a subcommittee chair. IUP has been accredited by the commission since 1941. Accreditation review takes place every 10 years, and IUP will be reviewed in 2015.
The forum was free and open to the community, and was designed to provide persons with an opportunity to meet Klinman in her role as IUP’s liaison to the MSCHE and to discuss IUP’s Self Study Design Plan, IUP’s roadmap for its comprehensive accreditation review taking place during the next two years. The Self Study 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 Self Study Design Plan 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.
Educational and School Psychology