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Thursday, September 29, 2022

From the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Middle States 2023 Self-Study Update

Progress was made over the summer on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study report. MSCHE Self-Study Steering Committee co-chairs Abdi Hajikandi, assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Program, and Kelly Frothingham, associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, along with Kim Barron, campus MSCHE accreditation liaison officer (ALO), worked to assemble an MSCHE Self-Study Writing Group, which includes Mary Beth Sullivan, lecturer in the College Writing Program, and Kevin Williams, associate professor of earth sciences. Tiffany Fuzak, research analyst in Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, continued working on the self-study team, and Carolynn Krupp, director of institutional planning, is also supporting self-study work. This group reviewed the Self-Study Working Group chapter drafts to ensure that the drafts addressed the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations, and to ensure that the report reads as “one voice.”

Monthly MSCHE Steering Committee meetings have commenced, and committee members can track progress of the self-study draft report. We learned this summer that Kean University President Lamont O. Repollet will serve as our MSCHE team chair. His preliminary visit is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 7 and 8; a “nearly complete draft” of the self-study report will be provided to Dr. Repollet before his visit. The purpose of the preliminary visit is to introduce the team chair to the institution, its people, and its environment so that the chair and team of peer evaluators can begin the upcoming on-site evaluation visit efficiently and effectively. Dr. Repollet will also provide feedback to ensure that the self-study process and document will support a useful on-site evaluation visit.