Middle States Periodic Review Report 2011

From: Elliot Hirshman, Provost and Patrice McDermott, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

We are writing to inform you about an important milestone in UMBC’s accreditation and re-accreditation process. Per the standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), our campus is currently preparing a Periodic Review Report. The Periodic Review Report is required by MSCHE five years after the reaffirmation of accreditation to ensure that standards for educational excellence continue to be met.

Devin Hagerty, Patrice McDermott, Janet Rutledge and Andrew Sears are co-chairing the committee that is preparing our Periodic Review Report. The report will be submitted June 1, 2011. An Executive Steering Committee, consisting of faculty, staff and students has been formed to guide the process. The Periodic Review Report will be compiled largely by four working groups and each group will examine a required topic area identified by MSCHE. The topic areas are: (1) major institutional challenges and opportunities, (2) enrollment and financial trends and projections, (3) sustained progress in assessment of institutional effectiveness and (4) integration of institutional planning and budget processes. In addition, MSCHE requires that UMBC provide further evidence that program-level and general education course assessment have been implemented and that steps have been taken to use assessment results to improve student learning.

The process of compiling the Periodic Review Report provides an opportunity for the campus to examine its progress in advancing our educational and research goals and addressing continuing challenges. In this process, we will be asking campus constituencies for input through the shared governance process, as well as a number of broad solicitations for input.

We thank you in advance for your input and advice in this important process.

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