Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Self-Study

Holy Family University / MSCHE

Letter from the Self-Study Co-Chairs

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Welcome to our updated Middles States Reaffirmation Self-study website. Our self-study document has been submitted at this point, and we want to thank the University Community for your help and support through the self-study process as well as let you know what to expect in our site visit in March.

Remember, Holy Family University (HFU) is accredited by the institutional accreditation agency, the Middle States Commission for Higher Education (MSCHE), generally referred to as Middle States. To maintain accreditation, the University must periodically apply for reaffirmation of accreditation. For HFU, this is occurring during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The past year and a half, the community worked on gathering data to support the seven MSCHE Standards. Over the summer and early Fall, the original standards-based document was revised to tell a narrative story of the university’s past ten years of MSCHE compliance. Our preliminary site visit occurred on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Our committee chair met virtually with members of the university community to discuss the self-study.

After receiving feedback from our MSCHE Site Visit Committee Chair, we completed the self-study document and evidence inventory. The Committee Chair will lead the MSCHE Site Visit Committee in its work through the Site Visit process. Sherrie Madia, the self-study editor, and the Marketing Department played a huge role in completion of the final self-study document and has our thanks and appreciation. John Andelfinger worked tirelessly on the Evidence Inventory. Bernice Purcell worked to coordinate all the parties involved in the process. In early December, our final self-study document and evidence inventory were submitted to MSCHE. At this point, the committee will review these materials in preparation for the virtual site visit, scheduled for March.

We want to again thank our Steering Committee who worked again this Fall in final evidence gathering and document revisions. Please click on the button “Self-Study Document” to see the Final submission and the button “Steering Committee” to see those who worked on the self-study. We have added a button “Site Visit Information” to share expectations about the virtual site visit with a link on that page if you have any questions about the site visit. Finally, we link to the final “Strategic Plan” which was built in conjunction with our self-study document.


Dr. Bernice Purcell, DBA
Associate Dean, Business Administration
Professor, Computer Information Systems
Chair, Middle States Steering Committee



Site Visit Information

Our MSCHE Site Visit occurs in March, from March 21 through 24.  Due to Co-Vid19 concerns, the site visit will be virtual.  This means that the committee members will be meeting with people from our community through web-conferencing software.  All web-conference participants will be notified in advance of the visit the date, time and contact information for their meeting as well as their role (for example member of the Steering Committee, faculty representative, student body representative, or administration representative).

Purpose of the Site Visit

The site visit allows the MSCHE Site Visit Team to answer for themselves any questions they developed during the review of the Self-Study Report and in general to get to know the University better.  Based on the site visit and the self-study document, the Site Visit Team will develop a report for MSCHE regarding evidence for our re-affirmation

The Virtual Site Visit

The virtual site visit will be conducted through Holy Family’s web-conferencing system.  This will include scheduling and webhosting of meetings between the team as a whole or members of the team with groups or individuals from the University community.

The first day of the self-study visit will be virtual “get acquainted” meeting(s) in which the Team members conduct web conference with members of the University community.  The next two days of the site visit will be meetings of the team or team members with groups or individuals from the University community.  The final day will be a preliminary report of the Site Visit Team’s experience.

After the Site Visit

After the team concludes its visit, it drafts a full report on its findings.  When this report is completed, the University receives the report and has an opportunity to respond to the findings.  A final report is then submitted to MSCHE to allow the commission to make decisions on the appropriate accreditation action.


If you have any questions about the site visit, please submit your question here.