According to the MSCHE’s Self Study: Creating a Useful Process and Report, “The decennial evaluation involves a significant institutional self-study and a visit by a team of external peer evaluators. This full evaluation occurs immediately before a candidate institution is granted initial accreditation, five years after that initial accreditation, and every 10 years thereafter.”
The University was reaffirmed on June 25, 2015, and the next self-study evaluation is due 2024-2025.
Self-Study Evaluation for 2014-15
On June 25, 2015, Middle States reaffirmed accreditation and Statement of Accreditation Status and to also request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting “(1) further implementation of the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (2) further implementation of the periodic effectiveness of administrative structures and services (Standard 5); (3) review of the enrollment management plan for recruitment, retention, marketing, and advertising, particularly with respect to the enrollment of under-represented students, consistent with the institution’s priorities and values (Standard 8); (4) further implementation of the assessment of general education outcomes within the institution’s overall plan for assessing student learning, and evidence that such assessment results are utilized for curricular improvement (Standards 12 and 14); and (5) further evidence of articulated student knowledge, skills, and competency levels within existing certificate programs (Standard 13).”
On May 8, 2015, the University submitted its response to the Commission accepting the recommendations and had no objections to the Evaluation Team’s findings. Since the Evaluation Team’s visit, the University has taken steps to address the recommendations.
On April 23, 2015, the Middle States Evaluation Team submitted a team report of their visit to the University. Following a thorough review of the University’s self-study report, supporting materials, and interviews with campus constituents, “The team came away from its visit with a very positive sense Penn State’s academic quality, commitment to excellence in all its endeavors, and its resolve to meet the MSCHE standards for affiliation and accreditation in full.” The team provided eight recommendations as well as suggestions to aid in the University’s “continued progress toward its strategic priorities.”
On June 26, 2013, the Self-Study Design was submitted and approved by Middle States. The theme of the self-study is Living the Land-Grant Mission in a Global Context.
Penn State faculty, staff, and students were invited to review and provide feedback about the self-study draft.
Self-Study Evaluation for 2004-05
On March 29, 2006, the University submitted the Commission-requested letter which communicated the approach used to develop the University’s Assessment Plan for Student Learning and the accomplishments toward implementing elements of the plan.
At its June 22, 2005, session, Middle States reaffirmed accreditation and Statement of Accreditation Status and to also request a progress letter, due April 1, 2006, documenting development of a comprehensive plan for the assessment of student learning linked to the overall assessment of institutional effectiveness and to the institution’s strategic planning process.
On April 30, 2005, the Middle States Accreditation Team submitted a Team Report of their visit to the University.
The University submitted is self-study report, Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Education at Penn State: An Institutional Self-Study on February 23, 2005.