Overview of Middle States Reaffirmation Process
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) is excited to engage in the self-study and peer review process to re-affirm our accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). 在接下来的两年里, our campus will have a range of opportunities to critically self-reflect on and discuss our mission, 我们的工作, 还有未来的计划. It is an exciting moment for the SMCM community, as the initial stages of this effort have been overlapping with the development of our new strategic plan. These two initiatives will provide key direction and inspiration for our institution in the years to come.
从2023年春季到2025年春季, when we expect peer evaluators from MSCHE to visit our campus, I invite all of our campus community to engage with these conversations and opportunities to highlight our successes, 质疑我们面临的挑战, and inspire ideas for innovating how we continue to embody and embrace our place as the National Public Honors College in a manner consistent with our ethos, 圣. 玛丽的方式.
The 2023-24 academic year will be the year that the campus focuses intensely on developing the self-study report. The first progress report from work groups is due on October 16, with a final progress report due on December 20.
In order to be able to confer degrees and participate in the federal financial aid programs, colleges and universities are required to be accredited. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), often referred to as “Middle States” in the shorthand, 是我们的认证机构吗. ‘Accreditation’ is a process by which institutions undergo a self-study to offer evidence of how they are meeting a range of standards established by the accrediting agency and identify areas of success and improvement that will guide the work of the institution in the subsequent years. SMCM has been continually accredited since 1959; our accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2017. Accreditation review is currently on an eight-year cycle.
Though the self-study process will be inclusive of all campus constituencies, the leadership work of MSCHE reaffirmation of accreditation will be guided by three key groups: the Self-Study Co-Chairs, 督导委员会, 及工作小组. The Self-Study Co-Chairs provide leadership to 督导委员会, 而谁呢?, 领导各工作小组.
2022年10月, President 约旦 announced the Co-Chairs of the Self-Study as 凯蒂·阿奈特 ‘00, 博士学位, 教务助理副校长 and 教育研究教授, 还有安妮·玛丽·布雷迪，93年, 博士学位, Assistant Vice President of 制度研究 and Planning. Since our last Middle States reaffirmation visit in 2015, Co-Chairs Arnett and Brady have been actively involved in expanding 我们的工作 and conversations around the process of continuous reflection and improvement at SMCM.
教师 and staff with a range of disciplinary expertise, 服务经验, and institutional perspectives comprise 督导委员会. 圣eering Committee is charged with designing the structure, 优先级, 以及自学过程的结果, and will be offering leadership to the campus community throughout this process. Each member of the steering committee will co-chair one of the work groups that will be created to support the review and reflection around each of the seven MSCHE standards. Co-chairs Arnett and Brady are joined by these members of the SMCM Community on 督导委员会:
- Geoffrey Bowers, 博士学位, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Michael Dunn, JD, Director of Professional Pathways
- Barrett Emerick, 博士学位, Associate Professor of Philosophy
- Joanne Goldwater, MEd, Associate Dean of Retention & 学生的成功
- Mary Grube, MS，预算总监
- Sahar Shafqat, 博士学位, Professor of Political Science