Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study
Introduction to MSCHE Self-Study Design
The next Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) evaluation visits for seeking reaccreditation of Berkeley College in New Jersey and Berkeley College in New York are scheduled to occur during the 2017-2018 academic year. Preparation for reaccreditation consists of conducting an extensive institutional Self-Study that produces a written Self-Study Report for initial submission to MSCHE in September 2017. This report and the MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation serve as the basis for an on-site evaluation by a team of peer evaluators.
During the Self-Study, Berkeley College will carefully consider its educational programs, policies, and services, with particular attention to student learning and achievement. The College also will determine how well these programs and services accomplish its goals, fulfill its mission, and meet MSCHE standards. Under the leadership of a Steering Committee, Working Groups will examine existing data and evaluations, gather new information, and prepare analytical reports on their assigned topics.
The first step of the Self-Study process is to develop a Self-Study Design. Berkeley College was recently notified that its proposed design has been accepted.
Tito Guerrero, Ed.D, Vice President, MSCHE, and the College’s assigned MSCHE liaison, visited the Woodland Park and Midtown Manhattan campuses on February 22, 2016. He met with President Michael J. Smith, the Steering Committee, and representative Board of Trustee members, faculty, staff, administrators, and students. After careful review of the College’s Self-Study Design document, he indicated that the College had approval to move forward with the Self-Study as proposed. The College is now officially approved to begin the year-long Self-Study, which will be a major event in the life of Berkeley College.
Reaccreditation by MSCHE will demonstrate that Berkeley College is maintaining and improving the organization and its structure, staffing, curriculum, and support in order to offer the highest quality education that best prepares students to work in their chosen professions.
Self-Study Will Be Comprehensive, Inclusive
The MSCHE reaccreditation process at Berkeley College will include a comprehensive Self-Study and peer review.
The design for the Self-Study, required for the reaccreditation and recently approved by MSCHE, outlines how the College intends to approach its Self-Study and peer review.
“The design includes the rationale, scope, expected outcomes, questions that it intends to answer during the Self-Study (charge questions), participants, and timetable for the Self-Study process,” according to the MSCHE website.
The College’s Steering Committee, which is leading the Self-Study, has established Working Groups representative of the College community. A special effort was made to invite Leadership Berkeley alumni to be members of the Working Groups. The groups will study specific aspects of the College relative to the MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.
The Steering Committee monitors and supports the progress of the Working Groups and receives their written reports. The Steering Committee will then develop a draft report based on the reports of the Working Groups, and will organize college-wide discussion of the drafts to ensure that input is received from all College constituencies.
The Steering Committee will then prepare a final Self-Study Report, incorporating appropriate comments and perspectives, and the College will disseminate the report according to MSCHE guidelines.