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Middle States Brief

By Ron Goldfarb
Middle States Steering Committee Co-Chair

As the College moves toward accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2011, Ron Goldfarb, one of the chairpersons of the Middle States Steering Committee, will be updating the College community with this column each month.

As many of you heard at the College's Spring Convocation, MCC's Middle States Self-Study project is moving along at a rapid pace with many activities taking place simultaneously. Our goal is to produce an accurate, well-written report that reflects MCC's compliance with each of the 14 Middle States Characteristics of Excellence. Our last two submissions – the Self-Study in 2000 and the Periodic Review Report in 2006 – were very well received and our goal is to maintain that quality.

The Steering Committee and the 14 Work Groups have been working for the past six months refining their research questions, formulating research techniques, and gathering data. These data are now being incorporated into the first draft of the Work Group reports. After review by the Steering Committee, plus, perhaps, additional research and analysis, a second draft will be issued in early April.

In mid-April, several open forums will be held to allow all members of the campus community to offer comments on the drafts. For those unable to attend, there will be an opportunity to participate electronically.

During the summer and early fall, the Self-Study will be drafted and there will be another round of open forums and an electronic commentary period. The Self-Study will be submitted to Middle States in December and it is expected that a site visitation team will be on campus in March or April of 2011.

As the Work Groups complete their tasks, you may be asked to participate, by supplying information, responding to surveys or taking part in a focus group. Please freely assist the 120 members of the Steering Committee and Work Groups as they follow the process that will lead to the Self-Study.