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

Holy Family University / MSCHE
 
 

Letter from the Self-Study Co-Chairs

Photo of HFU StudentsWelcome to our Middles States Reaffirmation Self-study website. Explore to learn more about what Middle States accreditation means to Holy Family University.

Holy Family University (HFU) is accredited by the regional 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.

In preparation for this reaffirmation, the University has been engaged in an in-depth self-study, following MSCHE’s Requirements of Affiliation and the Standards of Accreditation. To direct the University in this self-study, University President Sister Maureen McGarrity, PhD, CSFN appointed the HFU Steering Committee members to lead the MSCHE self-study process in Spring 2019.

This committee has worked diligently to provide evidence of compliance with the MSCHE Standards, to review the areas of compliance that need strengthening, and to make recommendations for further institutional improvement. At this point, we are sharing the draft of each standard. If you want more information on our self-study plan, you can review the Self-Study Design.

Every month, one of the seven MSCHE standards will be featured here (click on the upper-left button above) so you can familiarize yourself with the MSCHE expectations for regional accreditation. Once you have reviewed each standard, we invite you to click the button to provide your feedback and/or ask any questions.

We want you to be a part of the process. For more information, you can use the buttons above to learn more.

We invite the entire Holy Family community, as well as our community neighbors, to participate and contribute to our self-study process.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bernice Purcell, DBA
Associate Dean, Business Administration
Professor of Information Systems
Co-Chair, Middle States Steering Committee
John Andelfinger
Director, Institutional Assessment & Accreditation
Co-Chair, Middle States Steering Committee
 

Timeline

January
2020
Self-Study Steering Committee will meet to begin working on Draft 2 of the Self-Study Document.
Review and Comment Period for the Self-Study Draft Document Begins as outlined in the Communications Plan.
February
2020
Self-Study Steering Committee will meet to begin working on Draft 2 of the Self-Study Document.
Verification of Compliance Draft 1 is Due.
March
2020
Self-Study Co-Chairs will present Draft 2 and Verification of Compliance Draft 1 to the University President and Senior Leadership Team for review.
May/June
2020
Self-Study Steering Committee will meet to discuss the Draft 2 Self-Study document and begin incorporating the submitted feedback from the HFU Community.
June
2020
Self-Study Co-Chairs will present the Final Document, Verification of Compliance and Evidence Inventory to the University President and Senior Leadership Team for final review.
July
2020
Review and Comment Period for the Self-Study Draft Document ends as outlined in the Communications Plan.
August/September
2020
The university will submit the Final Self-Study Document and Evidence Inventory to MSCHE.
September/October
2020
MSCHE Site Visit Team Leader will come to HFU for the Preliminary Campus Visit.
January/February
2021
Another polished Self-Study draft will be available to the campus community for a second round of feedback during January of 2020 as outlined in the communications plan.
University will submit the finished report to our reaccreditation review team in preparation for their on-site visit in March/April 2021.
March/April
2021
MSCHE Site Visit Accreditation Visit.
May/June
2021
Meeting of visiting team for the development of recommendations.
June/July
2021
MSCHE Commission action based on visiting team final report.