IUP’s Middle States Self Study Available for Feedback

Posted on 9/30/2015 7:51:59 AM

A draft copy of IUP’s Self Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is now available for public viewing and comment. As mentioned in President Driscoll’s video last week, feedback from the IUP community is an essential next step in the development of this document.

IUP’s draft Self Study can be downloaded as a PDF from the IUP Middle States website. Once you have reviewed the document, feedback may be submitted through an online comment form on the same website or in person via one of three scheduled public forums. The public forums will be held on the following dates and will provide an opportunity for the campus community to interact and give feedback to members of the Middle States steering committee:

  • Wednesday, October 14, from 9:30–11:00 a.m. (Gorell Recital Hall)
  • Wednesday, October 14, from 5:00–6:30 p.m. (Gorell Recital Hall)
  • Thursday, October 15, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Gorell Recital Hall)

Feedback obtained via the online comment form and through the public forums will be used by the steering committee to craft the final version of the IUP Self Study. Additionally, IUP’s Middle State Site Visiting Team chair will provide feedback on the document during her visit on November 2–3. The final IUP Self Study will be available in February 2016 prior to the April 10–13, 2016, Middle States Site Team visit.

From the start, the development of the IUP Self Study has been an inclusive process coordinated by a 34-member steering committee appointed in fall 2013. The steering committee oversaw the work of seven subcommittees consisting of over 160 members from all areas of the IUP community. These subcommittees conducted research to develop seven chapters based on the 14 Middle States Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education. The information contained within the chapters was then incorporated by Ben Rafoth, the faculty writer, into the draft IUP Self Study.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and assisted in the development of the IUP Self Study. A special thanks is extended to the members of the steering committee and the seven subcommittees.

For more information on IUP’s Middle States reaffirmation of accreditation, please contact steering committee cochairs Laura Delbrugge (Laura.Delbrugge@iup.edu) and Hilliary Creely (Hilliary.Creely@iup.edu).

If you would like a paper copy of the draft IUP Self Study, please e-mail a request to middle-states@iup.edu.