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UB seeks feedback on Middle States self-study

By SUE WUETCHER

Published October 10, 2013

UB’s draft of its self-study report required for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has been completed and is ready for review by the campus community.

Faculty and staff can view the report and offer their feedback online. Comments are due by Oct. 25.

Michael Ryan, director of university accreditation and assessment who is leading the reaccreditation process for UB, says the purpose of the self-study exercise “is to enable the campus to identify institutional strengths and weaknesses with respect to each of the accreditation standards,” as well as  identify “possible opportunities for improving the educational experience and outcomes of our students.”

A review of the self-study draft by faculty and staff, Ryan says, should help ensure “that the evidence that UB meets the characteristics of excellence and criteria as articulated in the 14 standards for accreditation is accurately captured and reflected in the self-study document.”

The self-study draft report is the result of more than two years of investigating, analyzing and assessing multiple aspects of the university by the steering committee and numerous subcommittees composed of UB faculty, staff and students.

It is a key component of the reaccreditation process. UB’s decennial accreditation from Middle States expires in 2014.

UB plans to officially submit its final self-study report to Middle States by the end of December or early January.

The reaccreditation process takes another step forward today with a visit to campus by Patricia Beeson, chair of the team of Middle States evaluators that will visit UB in the spring.

Beeson, provost and senior vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, and two of her Middle States colleagues are meeting with President Satish K. Tripathi, Provost Charles F. Zukoski, representatives of the UB Council, members of the site visit coordination committee, some members of the steering committee, senior UB leadership, and faculty and student representatives. Ryan says Beeson is providing information regarding the composition and needs of the visiting team of evaluators, discussing expectations and the timeline of the reaccreditation process, and assessing the university’s planning and campus readiness for the Middle States team visit.

The team of evaluators will be on campus March 30 through April 2. At the end of the visit, the team will provide the campus with an oral summary of its major findings and recommendations.

The full Middle States Commission on Higher Education will make the formal accreditation decision based on the team report and other information. That decision is expected in June.

Accreditation by bodies such as Middle States affirms that institutions meet basic academic standards and are moving forward in achieving the prescribed educational outcomes for their students.