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Nuts and Bolts of Leading an Accreditation Self-Study

Picture of Janet ThielPrimary Presenter:

Janet Thiel: Director of Assessment, Georgian Court University

Janet Thiel, OSF, PhD is currently serving at Georgian Court University as Director of Assessment. Her background is varied, spanning from elementary and secondary school teacher and principal to collegiate instruction, faculty development, and academic administration. At her current and previous institution, she has been the "behind the scenes" director of the self-study process for MSCHE reaffirmation of accreditation.


While MSCHE offers support for the accreditation process, they concentrate on understanding the Requirements of Affiliation and Standards for Accreditation, as well as the approved process for completing a self-study. What is not covered is the internal processes a university needs to consider as it begins and executes its self-study. These processes include how to engage senior leadership in supportive roles and decisions, how to manage meetings and data, best fit for steering committees and subcommittees, and how to engage the university community. This workshop will allow the participants anticipating a self-study to think through the necessary internal processes as applicable for their institution.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify internal processes already in place that can facilitate a self-study and ensure its relevance “after the visit”. 
  2. Develop a network of peers for professional support during a self-study process. 
  3. Analyze the internal assets (personnel, technology, leadership) and capacity useful for a successful self-study at the institution.