The team charged with leading the university’s self-study
for reaccreditation is preparing a campus-wide survey. The team will coordinate questions being
developed by seven subcommittees between now and the end of September 2014.
Assisting in the survey design will be Paul Hawkins, a
doctoral student in IUP’s Department of Criminology. “We are thrilled that Paul
has taken on this project,” said Laura Delbrugge and Hilliary Creely,
steering committee co-chairs. “Paul has worked in the Applied Research Lab and
brings a lot of technical expertise to our project,” they added. Hawkins will
meet with each of the subcommittees. The steering committee will finalize the
design and distribute the survey in October 2014.
Results from the planned survey, along with other reports,
surveys, and documents, will be used by the subcommittees to draft chapter
outlines, due in December. During the spring semester, the steering committee will
review the reports and develop recommendations. A draft of the final report,
including recommendations, will be completed in summer 2015 by Ben
Rafoth, the faculty writer and a member of the steering committee.
In fall 2015, the draft report and recommendations will
be shared with the university community for discussion and comment. Middle
States’ external evaluators will visit in spring 2016.
Barbe Moore, the director of Planning and Assessment for
IUP, has been organizing data to be used by the subcommittees for more than a
faculty, staff, and student leaders have been involved in both reaccreditation
and strategic planning, guided by the president’s vision for IUP. We have an
opportunity here to make the most of this confluence of events,” said Timothy Moerland, IUP provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
One hundred sixty faculty, students, and staff members serve
on the self-study’s subcommittees.
The comprehensive self-study process for Middle States
reaccreditation occurs every 10 years. The last self-study was completed in 2005, resulting in reaccreditation
and broad accolades for IUP from the external evaluators. The design proposal
for the current self-study, submitted in the spring, was praised by Middle
States officials for its inclusiveness, progress, and use of technology.
Three intended outcomes for the 2015 self-study were approved,
along with the rest of the design proposal, by Middle States in the spring:
More information about the university’s self study may be
found on the IUP Middle States Accreditation website.