To the William Paterson University Community
Yesterday morning at 9:30 a.m., the Visiting Team of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, chaired by David Soltz, president of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, provided their findings to the University community following their three-day visit. Over those three days, members of the team met with representatives across the campus community, including faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni. As a result of these consultations and their prior preparation, the Team provided a 45-minute report concerning the University’s performance on the fourteen Accreditation Standards outlined in the accreditation manual, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education.
Commenting positively, Dr. Soltz described evidence that the University has met thirteen of the fourteen standards. He cited the remarkable scholarly output and engagement of the faculty, evidence of a well-developed assessment process in student development, and the presence of enthusiastic students who are succeeding and who appreciate the scholarship and mentoring of the faculty. He further noted that in the area of planning, there was some evidence of compliance with the Accreditation Standard, but that the University must complete actions which it has already outlined to fully meet the standard. He commented very positively on the overall administration of the University and on the Board of Trustees, noting that they are engaged, supportive, and knowledgeable about the University and higher education in general.
Within two weeks, we will receive a draft of the written report so that we may correct any factual errors, after which the report will be finalized and sent to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for action at its June 2011 meeting. At that time we will receive the Commission’s decision on accreditation status, recommendations included in the report (and others the Commission may judge appropriate), and any requirements for follow-up reports.
I want to thank everyone at the University who participated in the development of the self-study document, particularly the members of the Steering Committee under the guidance of Steve Hahn and Jane Zeff; the members of the four working groups; and Danielle Liautaud and Pam Vovchuk for managing the myriad details required of such a visit. There are countless others on campus who played a crucial role in making this visit a success–my sincere thanks to all of you.
The Vice Presidents and I will be hosting a post-Middle States reception on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Ballroom A, as a small token of appreciation for all of the hard work. More information will be forthcoming.
Congratulations and thank you for a job well done!