Shippensburg University items for Chancellor's Report

• The University will host a visiting team from the Middle States Commission of Higher Education April 5 to 8. Shippensburg first earned Middle States accreditation in 1939. Since then, the university has been on a 10-year cycle that involves an institutional self-study followed by a visit of a team composed of educational peers from throughout the region. The last accreditation visit was in 1999. A Periodic Review Report (PRR) is conducted in between the 10-year reviews with the last on done by the university in 2004. The process also involved a comprehensive self-study with all members of the campus community providing valuable input into the university's future.

• University President William N. Ruud, a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership, gave a presentation March 25 to 27 at the ACE Women in Higher Education Conference.

• The Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research at the university recently received a two-year, $495,000 grant funded through the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevent Act. The project enables continued compliance monitoring of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Act and the federal Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act mandates on secure holding of juvenile offenders. The project includes annual on-site visits to detention centers and secure treatment facilities throughout Pennsylvania which includes the analysis of state and federal regulations regarding detention, consultant services and training.

• The SU Foundation, as of Jan. 31, had received total contributions of $2.7 million on a fiscal year July 1 through June 30. The Foundation's top ten donors have contributed approximately $1.4 million year to date. The largest single gift during the current fiscal year amounted to $630,000.00.

• NCATE has agreed to continue accreditation of the College of Education and Human Services at the initial and advanced preparation levels. According to the Accreditation Report: "This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community."

• University freshman Neely Spence won the 2009 USA Junior Cross Country Championships qualifying for the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 28 in Amman, Jordan. Spence won that race by 14 seconds. In Jordan, she will represent the U.S. and is competing against a field composed of the best junior athletes (ages 16-19) from around the world.

• The Counseling Center continues its Accreditation from the International Association for Counseling Services (IACS).

• Dr. Kurt Kraus, professor of counseling and college student personnel, was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc. and Affiliates, the largest counselor organization in the world.