May, 2015 Update
The monitoring report requested by Middle States was submitted in March and a small visiting team from MSCHE came to campus in April to gather additional information. Their report (along with the monitoring report, prior team report, and the self-study report) is available through the "Reports" link above. The Visiting Team found Alfred University to be in compliance with each of the MSCHE Standards.
Alfred University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Our first accreditation was conducted in 1921; in order to maintain accreditation we must go through a process of self-study every 10 years.
The current self-study process started in Fall, 2011. A Self-Study Design and a detailed timetable, approved by MSCHE in June, 2012, guided the process.
Self-study involved the entire campus community on some level. A Steering Committee had the overall responsibility but received guidance from numerous working groups comprised of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. These working groups spent the academic year 2012-2013 examining various aspects of the University against MSCHE standards and prepared reports for the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee combined the individual reports into a final Self-Study Report, made available to the campus in Fall, 2013 for review, feedback and comment.
The final report was due to MSCHE in early Spring, 2014. An Evaluation Team visited campus later that spring to follow-up with and finalize our self-evaluation. In June, 2014 the University was asked to create a follow-up monitoring report to provide further illustration and examples of how the University approaches planning, resource allocation, and assessment.
What is accreditation and why do it?
Accreditation is intended to strengthen and sustain higher education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing the scope of external control. Regional accreditation, a means of self-regulation adopted by the higher education community, has evolved to support these goals.
Membership in MSCHE includes a commitment to continuous self-assessment. Based upon the results of an institutional review by peers and colleagues, accreditation attests that an institution:
The Commission’s accreditation standards were developed by consensus among member institutions in the Middle States region. They identify an institution’s mission, goals and objectives as guideposts for all aspects of the accreditation protocol.
The accreditation standards focus on two fundamental questions:
During the self-study, the institution carefully considers its educational programs and services, with particular attention to student learning and achievement, and it determines how well these programs and services accomplish the institution’s goals, fulfill its mission and meet the Commission’s standards.
The self-study report has two sets of audiences and two major purposes:
(information extracted from the MSCHE publication Self Study: Creating a Useful Process and Report, 2nd edition, 2007)