February Middle States Update

Posted on 2/23/2015 10:39:31 AM

First Draft of Self Study Chapters Completed

IUP’s Middle States Reaccreditation process continues to make excellent progress. The seven IUP Middle States subcommittees submitted first drafts of their chapters for the self-study on February 19, 2015. Each subcommittee’s chapter addressed two of the 14 Middles States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE) standards. Subcommittee members, 175 strong, are representative of the entire IUP community, including faculty, staff, administration, students, and trustees; their dedicated work is crucial to IUP’s reaccreditation process.

Evidence Collection

All assertions in the Self Study Report must be supported by data. Confluence—an online team collaboration wiki—has been used by subcommittees throughout the drafting process to keep track of data. A digital library of these data has been created in Confluence to share with the evaluation team, which will visit campus in the 2016 spring semester. In addition to the digital archive, an evidence room containing physical data and support material will be created. A committee is being convened to prepare this room.

Upcoming Events

The chairs of the subcommittees will meet with Laura Delbrugge and Hilliary Creely­—Middle States self-study cochairs—and Ben Rafoth­—self-study writer—to discuss any key themes, overlaps, or missing points. Then, the steering committee will take up the discussion and make recommendations to the subcommittees as they prepare their final chapters, which are due April 15. This summer, Rafoth will combine the chapters and draft the self-study report. The steering committee will review the draft in the early fall and will give the entire IUP community a chance to provide feedback.

Once the chair for the spring 2016 site visiting team is named, preparations will begin to bring him/her to campus in the fall for a preliminary visit. During this visit, the team chair will be checking on the preparations being made for the comprehensive spring 2016 site visit.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the self-study process, please contact Laura Delbrugge (Laura.Delbrugge@iup.edu) or Hilliary Creely (Hilliary.Creely@iup.edu).