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Middle States Self-Study Completed

Publish Date: 2/17/2012

February 17, 2012

MANSFIELD, PA— Mansfield University’s “Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study Report” has been sent to site reviewers and now the campus community prepares for the next phase of the accreditation process, a campus visit from the a Middle States team in March.

The report is available for viewing online at

Committees composed of more than 70 faculty, staff, students and administrators have been working for more than two years on the 115-page document.

Accreditation by the Middle States Commission is voluntary but it is regarded as the “seal of approval” by educators, business leaders and government officials as a measure of a university’s ability to meet the necessary national standards in providing education and personal growth opportunities to its students.

The Middle States Accreditation applies to all areas of the University, from the classroom to academic support to student activities and residential life. Self-study evaluations are conducted every 10 years.

“The intention of the comprehensive self-study process is to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education,” Kathy Wright, co-chair and professor of Health Sciences, said. “I urge faculty, staff and students to re-read and become more familiar with the entire report, especially those areas related to his or her area of expertise or interest. The report identifies how Mansfield University meets Middle States’ 14 standards, which will be the focus of the site visit. During the site visit, the campus community will have an opportunity to discuss and showcase how we meet the standards.”

Beverly Wallace, director of Assessment, Institutional Effectiveness, and Compliance, co-chairs the committee with Wright.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations and resources. The commission is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation

Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.

For more information on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, go to

The Middle States team will visit campus March 25-28. Faculty, staff and students who wish to address the evaluation team will have opportunities to do so as part of on-campus committee report and open sessions. Details of the visit will be distributed to the campus community and posted online in advance.

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