Cheyney University Middle States Update
September 16, 2021
At the beginning of the Fall Semester, Working Groups Chairs and Evidence Administrators submitted their respective Lines of Inquiry and initial Evidence Inventory Reports to the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee. On September 3, 2021, the Self-Study Co-Chairs, Provost Morris and Executive Director Shehata, submitted the second draft of the Self-Study Design to the University’s Middle States Liaison, Dr. Christy Faison on behalf of the Steering Committee.
Cheyney University is now entering the analytical phase of the Institution’s self-study process. During this stage, Working Group members will continue to review evidence requirements for their respective research assignments and submit requisite evidence requests. Members of Working Groups are prepared to begin to assess the University’s compliance with Middle States (MSCHE) Standards and Requirements of Affiliation and associated criteria and related Cheyney University Strategic Goals and Objectives using evidence they have collected.
As stated in the University’s Self-Study Design, the Steering Committee, through the Self-Study Co-Chairs and the Self-Study leadership groups, have developed a clearly defined framework to support Working Group activities.
Working Groups are using Microsoft Teams to post documents, communicate, and hold meetings with the assistance of the Middle States Technology Coordinator, Mr. Chris Brown, the University’s Executive Director of the Office of Information Technology.
The Middle States Communication Coordinator, Ms. Lauren Moffett, the Associate Director of University Communications & Technology is helping Working Groups handle communication issues, including scheduling meeting. Ms. Moffett also is distributing Self-Study communiques to the University Community.
Dr. Carolyn Hall, the University’s Coordinator of Assessment and Continuous Improvement is serving as the Self-Study Evidence Manager. Dr. Hall is coordinating evidence requests and developing the University’s Evidence Inventory.
Dr. Janet Manspeaker continues to monitor the University’s Self-Study activities as the Middle States Coordinator in conjunction with the Self-Study Co-Chairs. Associate Provost Gregory Smith and Ms. Moffett also are assisting the Self-Study Co-Chairs.
On September 22, Cheyney University’s Middle States Liaison, Dr. Christy Faison will be conducting a virtual visit to campus to discuss the University’s Self-Study process. During the morning, Dr. Faison will meet with President Walton, members of the Steering Committee, and members of the University’s Council of Trustees. From 1:30 to 2:30 in the afternoon, Dr. Faison will host a Webinar for the University Community to explain the accreditation process, discuss the role of faculty, staff, and students, and answer questions. The Webinar is an open session for Cheyney University students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Faison will conclude her visit to the University with an Exit Briefing for the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee.
Submitted by Ms. Kizzy Morris, Cheyney University Self-Study Co-Chair, and Ms. Erika Shehata, Cheyney University Self-Study Co-Chair, on behalf of the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee
Cheyney University Middle States Update
September 1, 2021
The Cheyney University Middle States Self-Study process is proceeding according to the University’s Reaffirmation of Middle States Accreditation Timeline. The University’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Kizzy Morris, and the University’s Executive Director of Institutional Research, Erika Shehata, are serving as Co-Chairs for the Self-Study. Executive Director Shehata also is the Cheyney University Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officer. The Co-Chairs attended the virtual MSCHE Self-Study Institute in November 2020.
The University has created a Steering Committee and seven Working Groups composed of faculty, staff and administrators who responded to requests for participation in the self-study. The Steering Committee is responsible for providing leadership throughout the self-study process. The Seven Working Groups correspond to the seven Middle States Standards of Accreditation.
The Self-Study Steering Committee and its Executive Leadership Team met several times during the summer to construct a Self-Study Design, which is the roadmap for the University’s self-study process. On July 15, Cheyney University officially began the implementation self-study process with a joint Steering Committee and Working Group Meeting to discuss the Self-Study Timeline and expectations. Fifty-four members of the Steering Committee and Working Groups attended the meeting, which included Working Group breakout sessions. During July and August, several Working Groups met virtually using Microsoft TEAMs to discuss their research responsibilities and to collect relevant evidence.
The Self-Study Co-Chairs and Coordinator distributed the first draft of the Cheyney University Self-Study Design to the University community via email for review and suggestions on August 10, 2021. Following revisions, the Steering Committee approved the second draft of the Self-Study Design on September 1, 2021.
On September 22, Cheyney University’s Middle States Liaison, Dr. Christy Faison will be conducting a virtual visit to campus to discuss the University’s Self-Study process. The Self-Study Co-Chairs are completing the agenda for this important visit. The Self-Study Co-Chairs, on behalf of the Steering Committee, will submit Cheyney University’s draft Self-Study Design to Dr. Faison on September 3, 2021.
The University community will conduct its analyses during this academic year. Working Groups will meet at least two times a month to gather and analyze evidence that demonstrates the University’s compliance with the Middle States Commission’s Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. Working Group members also will assess the degree to which the University is fulfilling its Mission and the 2018-2022 Cheyney University Strategic Plan. The results of the University’s Self-Study process will include findings based on evidence that the University will use to focus on continuous improvement to meet the needs of its students. The findings also will inform the new Cheyney University Strategic Plan.
Submitted by Ms. Kizzy Morris, Cheyney University Self-Study Co-Chair, and Ms. Erika Shehata, Cheyney University Self-Study Co-Chair, on behalf of the Middle States Steering Committee