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MSCHE 2022: Building a Stronger Drexel Together

Log for MSCHE 2022: Dragon in the middle of a circle with words on the outside

Drexel University will undertake a reflective, deep dive through the self-study process in preparation for our accreditation review from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  The self-study will be a document that analyzes every aspect of Drexel as directed by the MSCHE Standards of Accreditation. MSCHE provides the following summary of the standards: “An accredited institution of higher education has an appropriate mission (STI), lives it with integrity (STII), delivers an effective student learning experience (STIII) and supports the overall student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom (STIV).  An accredited institution of higher education also assesses its own educational effectiveness (STV), uses planning and resources to ensure institutional improvement (STVI), and is characterized by effective governance, leadership, and administration (STVII).”

The self-study process provides an opportunity to review all aspects of the university such as our mission and goals, the academic experience as well the leadership and governance of the University.  Each of the eight committees will be led by a staff and faculty co-chair who will be charged with creating a narrative and collecting evidence about how Drexel meets each criteria within the specific standard or the Verification of Compliance.  This will be accomplished by collecting information/data and interviewing/surveying key stakeholders throughout the campus.  The self-study document will undergo multiple reviews throughout the creation process.  This endeavor will take more than two years from initial training (October 2019) of the self-study chairs to the site visit in the spring of 2022.  

The self-study is now in draft state and almost ready for community review.  Please visit the Feedback page for access and instructions on how to provide feedback.  The feedback period will be February 1-14. In order to assist with the feedback portion of the process, the self-study co-chairs will be hosting two town halls, February 4 at 10:00PM and February 10 at 1:00PM, in order to explain the standards, findings and recommendations.  Please register here. 

We look forward to your feedback in this process.

Sincerely,

Rena Cumby - MSCHE 2022 Steering Committee Co-Chair
Associate Professor IDEC, EDRA: Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design & Chair: Senate Committee on Academic Affairs

Joseph Hawk - MSCHE 2022 Steering Committee Co-Chair
Executive Director: Office of Assessment & Accreditation & Accreditation Liaison Officer for Middle States Commission on Higher Education