From MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation

An institution of higher education is a community dedicated to students, to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, to the study and clarification of values, and to the advancement of the society it serves. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), through accreditation, mandates that its member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive standards, which are addressed in the context of the mission of each institution and within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of accredited institutions. In meeting the quality standards of MSCHE accreditation, institutions earn accredited status, and this permits them to state with confidence: “Our students are well-served; society is well-served.”

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Middle States Self-Study Preparation, Liaison Campus Visit 4/23/2019

The university has launched its Middle States reaccreditation initiative.  This past February we kicked off the working group activities and secured a Steering Committee composed of working group co-chairs, faculty, staff, students and a Board of Trustees member.  The working groups have begun their work of research and writing.

In the spirit of reaccreditation, our Middle States (MSCHE) liaison officer, Dr. Hilda Colon Plumey, will visit our campus next Tuesday, April 23, to talk with numerous groups, from the President to Board members, about the WP Middle States reaccreditation process and self-study plan.  She will  address the entire campus community and take questions in a town hall meeting in Raubinger 101 from 2:00 – 3:15p.m. 

We invite you to come by the town hall to learn about this vitally important university activity.  This is a good chance to ask questions of our MSCHE liaison, not just for the self-study working group members, but also for everyone on campus -- faculty, staff and students.  Reaccreditation belongs to all of us. Everyone will play a part either in researching information, discussing recommendations, writing a chapter section, or providing feedback on the self-study report.  Come out to see how you can be involved or just to learn about the process.

Sandra Hill, Steering Committee co-chair
Jonathan Lincoln, Steering Committee co-chair

Working Group Kickoff Meeting, 2/22/2019

An introductory meeting for all members of the working groups will be held in the Cheng Library auditorium on Wednesday, Feb 27 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  At that time the working groups will receive their charge for their work, have the opportunity to ask questions of the accreditation co-chairs, and meet their fellow working group members as well as the co-chairs of their group.  Information will be made available afterwards if you cannot make this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the Feb 27 meeting.  This work is some of the most important that we do as a quality institution of higher education – assessing and reaffirming that what we are doing is helping our students grow and learn.

Sandra Hill, PhD, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
William Paterson University

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation, 12/03/2018

William Paterson University is scheduled for its Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) reaccreditation site visit during the 2020/2021 academic year. This means that the work on our self-study will begin in earnest during the Spring 2019 semester. While preparing the self-study does require a substantial amount of work on the part of faculty, staff and administrators from all divisions at the university, the benefits of a thoughtful and thorough self-study can also be substantial. The self-study process requires that we take a critical look back at our programs, processes and accomplishments and also gives us an opportunity to look forward as a community and identify the priorities we will work on for the next eight years.

A successful self-study requires full participation of the university community so there will be many different opportunities for your participation. We will need community members to serve on working groups that research and draft different portions of our self study, members to review and comment on drafts of the self-study chapters, and all members to participate in town hall and other meetings to discuss and provide feedback on various aspects of the self study. Associate Provosts Sandra Hill and Jonathan Lincoln, along with Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness John Runfeldt, recently attended a MSCHE workshop designed specifically for colleges and universities preparing for reaccreditation in 2020/2021 and are in the process of organizing and planning our self-study. A website has been established to provide the WP community with information and updates about the MSCHE accreditation standards and self-study process.

WP Middle States Self-Study: 2020-2021 Website

You can volunteer (self-nominate) and/or nominate appropriate community members to participate on the various working group committees by visiting the page linked below.

Middle States Self-Study: 2020-2021 Nominations for Participation

Please volunteer or submit your nominations prior to January 6, 2019 so that our working groups can begin their work with the start of the Spring 2019 semester.

Richard J. Helldobler, PhD, President
William Paterson University