Middle States Accreditation. Steering Committee December 15, 2011 Michael E. Ryan Director, University Accreditation and Assessment. Outline of Presentation. What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? Overview of Middle States Accreditation Recent Commission Actions
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December 15, 2011
Michael E. Ryan
Director, University Accreditation and Assessment
Accreditation is about accountability and is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education by establishing and enforcing standards of excellence.
Accreditation is also about continuous self-improvement and involves a process of peer review adopted by the higher educational community for its self-regulation. Continuous self-improvement involves on-going self-study, assessment, and planning.
80 recognized organizations accredit more than 7,000 institutions and 19,000 programs serving more than 24 million students
Role of accrediting organizations has been evolving toward greater responsibility in terms of a gate-keeping and compliance function.
In a word…yes!
SUNY Institutions (March 2005 - November 2009)
Institution meets the following criteria:
Cycle of Assessment
results to inform
Assessment should be (MSCHE principles):