Middle States accreditation reaffirmed


Rachel Looker, Editor-in-Chief

Marywood will be an accredited university for the next 10 years.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a commission that assures students of an educational quality in higher education reaffirmed Marywood’s accreditation, according to a memo sent from Marywood President Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed. D. to Marywood faculty and staff.

Persico said in the memo she was notified of the accreditation last week and that the Middle States Commission reaffirmed the accreditation in a session held on March 2.

At this session, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Co-Chair of the Middle States self-study Dr. Frances Zauhar said that the Middle States Commission presented the accreditation and read the written version of their report.

“There are 14 standards for accreditation and they [the Middle States Commission] say if you meet the standard or if you don’t and if they have suggestions that are binding or non-binding to continue to remain accreditation of that standard,” said Zauhar.

According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education website, universities are evaluated every five years with a more comprehensive evaluation, the self-study report, every 10 years.

Zauhar said that there will be a follow-up report for Middle States due on Dec. 1, 2017.

According to the memo, to conclude the process, this report will include information about further evidence of strategic planning, the implementation of a budget process, assessment of effectiveness and implementation of enrollment management.

Persico congratulated Zauhar as well as Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Kathleen Ruthkosky, the Middle States Committee and the academic community “for a successful Middle States process.”

“I’m very glad that the commission took the recommendation of the team who visited,” said Zuahar. “It was challenging, and it was good to have our hard work reaffirmed.”

According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education website, Marywood’s next self study review will take place in 2025-2026.

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