IUP Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation from Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Posted on 7/22/2016 10:45:09 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Institutions are evaluated based on 14 standards of accreditation and a three-year, universitywide self-review (self-study).

In making the reaffirmation announcement, IUP was commended by the evaluators on the quality of the IUP self-study process.

“Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is vitally important to our university, offering external validation of IUP’s commitment to excellence in higher education,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “The three-year endeavor has truly been universitywide, engaging hundreds of faculty members, staff, students, and university leadership to develop an authentic, accurate, and insightful self-assessment of our great university.

“IUP’s process has been expertly led by cochairs Laura Delbrugge and Hilliary Creely. I want to publicly thank them, once again, for their diligence and commitment to this process. Distinguished University Professor Ben Rafoth, faculty writer for the self-study, did a yeoman’s job in synthesizing the thousands of hours of work of the seven subcommittees into a document that will guide IUP as it moves to achieve our shared vision.”

Since the first meeting of the steering committee in May 2013 and call for volunteers, more than 300 staff, faculty, students, and administrators stepped forward to serve; 200 individuals were appointed to the subcommittees. Members of the university community participated in open forums in strong numbers, and welcomed the visiting team to campus in April.

As part of the reaffirmation of accreditation, IUP has been asked to submit a monitoring report regarding assessment by April 2018.

“We have viewed this accreditation affirmation process as an opportunity, a chance to become an even stronger university by examining what we do well and where we can do better,” Driscoll said. “This request for a monitoring report is not a condition of IUP’s accreditation, and, in fact, is an opportunity to demonstrate our continued progress regarding institutional and student learning outcomes assessment.”

IUP was first accredited in 1941; since that time, the university has received consecutive reaffirmations of accreditation.