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What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education(MSCHE)?
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and
the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It conducts accreditation activities and reviews
for colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. MSCHE is one of six institutional accrediting
agencies for higher education in the United States.
All MSCHE member institutions are peer-reviewed in order to ensure that all stakeholders receive
excellence in education. Accreditation considers the institution as a whole rather than as piecemeal.
Gallaudet University has been a proud member of MSCHE since 1957. We work closely with MSCHE, and our
collaboration with MSCHE is a way to ensure accreditation of Gallaudet University. The accreditation
process is motivated by the fundamental desire to ensure that your Gallaudet experience is driven by
best practices in higher education.
President Roberta J. Cordano sent a bilingual message to the campus community, “Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-study” where she explains the purpose of the upcoming Self-Study and where to find more information.
February 22, 2021
Dr. Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi reached out to individuals identified for their areas of expertise to serve as members of the MSCHE Self-Study Steering Committee. These individuals also attended the MSCHE Self-Study Institute in Fall of 2020 and are prepared for the reaffirmation of accreditation process. These individuals are also chairs of Standard-based Working Groups.
April 21 – 23, 2021
Dr. Sean McKitrick, the MSCHE Vice President and liaison to Gallaudet University conducted a virtual visit. The purpose of Dr. McKitrick’s interaction with various stakeholders at Gallaudet is to help prepare the institution to conduct a useful self-study and host a successful On-Site Evaluation Team Visit.
May 12, 2021
The Self-Study Co-Chairs, Dr. Crystal Harris and Dr. William Ennis along with Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi worked with each Steering Committee to form their Standards-based Working Groups.
May – June 2021
The Self-Study Design was submitted to MSCHE on June 21, 2021 and accepted with full endorsement by Dr. McKitrick.
Dr. Harris, Dr. Ennis, and Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi worked with the Standards-based Working Group chair or co-chair in identifying membership and extended invitations to each individual.
Dr. Harris, Dr. Ennis, Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi and Dr. Lindsay Buchko drafted guiding questions in lieu of a “charge.” Each Working Group was asked to modify and update according to their Standard focus.
May – July 31, 2021
In lieu of a Working Group orientation, the Steering Committee was gathered to discuss next steps and how to orient their Working Group.
Professional Development Week, August 16-20, 2021
Working Groups began their first meetings in September 2021.
Week of August 23, 2021
August 30, 2021 – November 5, 2021
November 8, 2021
Weekly: November 15 – December 20, 2021
January 10 – 14, 2022
January 18 – January 21, 2022
Weekly: January 18 – February 11, 2022
February 28, 2021
Weekly: March 1 – April 1, 2022
April 4, 2022
Weekly:April 5 – May 6, 2022
May 9, 2022
May 16, 2022
June – July 2022
Characteristics of Excellence (MSCHE Standards) Guide to Preparing Self Study Guide for Self-Study Team Visit
Section 1: MSCHE Institutional Overview Section 2: MSCHE Institutional Priorities Section 3: MSCHE Intended Outcomes Section 4: MSCHE Self Study Approach Section 5: MSCHE Organizational Structure Section 6: MSCHE Guidelines for Reporting Section 7: MSCHE Final Self Study Report Section 8: MSCHE Verification of Compliance...
The American Sign Language (ASL) video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. Mission Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and...
The American Sign Language (ASL) video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. Institutional Priorities to be Addressed in the Self-Study Since the last Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012, Gallaudet University has had...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. Nature of the Self-Study Gallaudet’s current MSCHE Self-Study is taking place at a critical juncture in the university’s history. In response to higher expectations in higher education, accountability from...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. The adoption of a Standards-Based Approach will enable Gallaudet University to confirm its alignment with the seven standards of accreditation as well as the requirements of affiliation and compliance...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. There are two chairs of the MSCHE Self-Study, a staff representative and a faculty representative, in order to ensure equitable representation. All shared governance groups were involved in the...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. A general charge to all Working Group members will be developed and may include: Review the inventory of available documents and reports provided to the Working Group, identifying documents...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. The organization of the final Self-Study Report will reflect the suggested structure outlined by MSCHE as the main elements of a report. These include: Executive SummaryEligibility Certification Statement IntroductionInstitutional Overview...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. The verification of compliance process will be coordinated by an eighth working group described in Section V above. This working group will consist of university members who are most...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. MSCHE SELF-STUDY TIMELINE 2020 – 2023 Spring Semester 2021TasksTimelineMSCHE Self-Study announced to the campus community; Website address linkedFebruary 22, 2021 Invitations sent from ALO to Steering Group members April 21 –...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. Gallaudet University is a private urban institution of higher education that receives the majority of its funding from the federal government. Gallaudet attracts students from across the United States,...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. The Evidence Inventory will be maintained in a Microsoft Teams folder accompanied by a cover sheet that documents each uploaded document. Every member of the Steering Committee and Working...
The ASL video and the English text on this page are the same message offered bilingually. The Executive Committee (composed of the two Co-Chairs, the current ALO, and the Associate Provost for Student Success and Academic Quality) of the Steering Committee is responsible for the...
Accrediting Agency CHEA Recognized Department Program Degree Initial Accreditation Most Recent Approval Next Scheduled Report Site Visit Institutional Accreditation Organization Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) 3624 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19104 267-284-5000 www.msche.org Yes INSTITUTIONAL INSTITUTIONAL 1967 2013 Midpoint peer review 2019 Self-study...
Director Institutional Effectiveness and Certification
Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi, Ph.D
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