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Middle States Accreditation
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Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
MSCHE Periodic Review Report
The Middle States PRR Committee has completed a draft of the Periodic Review Report. The Committee invites your comments regarding the draft report.
Link for Public Comments:
Use the link below to send your comments (which will remain anonymous) to Dr. John Riley by March 31, 2014.
PRR Open Forum
An open forum for public comment on the draft report will be held on Wednesday, 3/26/2014 in McCormick 1316 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.
Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is essential for the University. Not only does it affirm the University’s quality, it also is a federal requirement making students eligible for financial aid such as Pell grants and faculty able to apply for funding from federal agencies.
In 2009 Bloomsburg University completed its decennial reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org). The reaccreditation was conducted in compliance with the fourteen standards of excellence promulgated by the Middles States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, 2011, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education). Reaffirmation of Bloomsburg University’s MSCHE Accreditation was based on the MSCHE Visitation Report and the Self-Study Report.
The requested MSCHE Monitoring Report, submitted on April 1, 2011, was accepted on June 23, 2011 by the commission. The Monitoring Report documented: “(1) the revision and clarification of the institution’s mission and goals (Standard 1); (2) the further development of goals and objectives or strategies that are clearly stated, reflect conclusion drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit level (Standard 2); and (3) steps taken to strengthen general education, including the development of observable learning goals appropriate to higher education and institutional mission and stated as outcomes and the implementation of a documented assessment process for general education (Standard 12)”.
Bloomsburg University’s MSCHE Period Review Report must be submitted by June 1, 2014. A committee comprised of faculty, administrators, and staff members was established in Fall 2012 by President Soltz to write the report based on evidence of overall university effectiveness. The Periodic Review Report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education consists of six sections: (1) Executive Summary, (2) Responses to Recommendations of the Commission, (3) Challenges and Opportunities, (4) Trends and Projections of Enrollment and Finance, (5) Assessment Processes, and (6) Linked Planning and Budgeting Processes. Public comment periods on the PRR draft are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.
Bloomsburg University has submitted two Substantive Change requests for the approval of “Additional Locations”. The BAS for Technology Leadership at Lehigh Carbon Community College (located in Schnecksville, PA), submitted July 3, 2012, was approved by MSCHE on June 28, 2013. A second request for the approval of an “Additional Location” was submitted July 1, 2013 for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program located at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Provisional approval was received (September 4, 2013) for the BSN program at Geisinger as an “additional location”, pending the site visit scheduled for February 2014.
Accreditors Approved by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Other Accreditors: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP); Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); Council on Education of the Deaf (CED); Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA; Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, P A.
Other Instructional Sites: Benton High School, Benton, PA; Berwick Area School District, Berwick, PA; BLaST IU17 Office, Williamsport, PA; Bloomsburg School District, Bloomsburg, PA; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Central Columbia School District, Bloomsburg, PA; Cochran Elementary School, Williamsport, PA; Crestwood High School, Mountaintop, PA; Danville School District, Danville, PA; Degenstein Library, Sunbury, PA; Dixon University Center, Harrisburg, PA; Hazleton School District, Hazleton, PA; Lehigh Carbon Community College-Morgan Center, Tamaqua, PA; Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA; Shikellamy High School, Sunbury, PA; Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA; Williamsport School District, Williamsport, PA
Middle States Commission on Higher Education Documents
March 7, 2014 - MSCHE Letter to President Soltz (Affirmation of Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA as an additional location for the BSN Program)
March 7, 2014 - MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status (Affirmation of Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA as an additional location for the BSN Program)
Sept 4, 2013 - MSCHE Letter to President Soltz (Provisional Approval of Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA as an additional location for the BSN Program)
Sept 3, 2013 - MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status (Provisional approval of Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA as an additional location for the BSN Program)
June 28, 2013 - MSCHE Letter to President Soltz (BASTL Approval)
June 27, 2013 - MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status (Approval for the BASTL Program, and Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA as an additional location)
July 3, 2012 - MSCHE Letter to President Soltz (BASTL Provisional Approval)
July 2, 2012 - MSCHE Statement of Reaccreditation Status (Provisional approval of the Substantive Change Request for the BASTL Program, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA)
June 24, 2011 - MSCHE Letter to President Soltz (Monitoring Report)
June 23, 2011 - MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status (Acceptance of Monitoring Report)
March 15, 2011 - Bloomsburg University's Monitoring Report (Follow-Up Report to The MSCHE's Reaffirmation of Accreditation on June 25, 2009)
June 26, 2009 - MSCHE Letter to President Soltz (Accreditation Reaffirmation and Monitoring Report Request)
June 25, 2009 - MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status
April 2009 - MSCHE Visitation Team Report
January 2009 - Bloomsburg University Self-Study Report