Preparing for Middle States
Shippensburg University will be hosting a visiting team from the Middle States Commission of Higher Education April 5-8. At the end of last semester, there were forums open to the campus community in order to get one last bit of feedback on the self-study. This feedback is being used to make the finishing touches on the self-study before it is sent off to the members of the visiting team in just a few weeks.
Now it is time for the campus to turn its attention to preparing for the team visit. To start the preparation, here is a list of tasks that each member of the Shippensburg family can do:
- Review the following information about Ship:
- Standards on Mission, Planning and Assessment
- Governance at Ship
- Educational Offerings and Faculty at Ship
- Student Admission and Support at Ship
- Serving those beyond Ships boundaries
- Know Ship's mission and goals, your division's mission and goals, your department's mission and goals, and how all of these are connected to each other.
- Know the 14 standards of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (see Standards [PDF 506KB]).
- Know the information contained in the self-study document (on info.ship.edu).
- Be able to answer questions from a visiting team member, such as:
- What are the different missions and goals that apply to you (see 4 above)?
- What is your role in improving the effectiveness of your department/division/university and what improvements have been made recently?
- Which of the 14 standards are relevant to you and your unit?
- Which goals do you think Shippensburg accomplishes well and should be highlighted in the report by Middle States?
- Which goals do you think Shippensburg needs to work on and should be highlighted in the report by Middle States?
- Where do you see Shippensburg in five years? In ten years?
Shippensburg University has a reputation of being a quality institution where students earn a valuable education. It has a tradition of continually improving, thus making Ship stronger. .