MIDDLE STATES Reaccreditation 2021
Since 1949, Lock Haven University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The accreditation was reaffirmed in 2016 with the acceptance of the Periodic Review Report. In the accreditation review cycle and monitoring procedures, LHU's next Self-Study Evaluation is scheduled for 2020-2021. In fall 2018, Lock Haven University initiated a Self-Study process to prepare a Self-Study Report, compile evidence which documents compliance, and prepare for an on-site evaluation visit by peer evaluators in spring 2021. Due to COVID-19, the on-site evaluation was delayed until October 2021.
At the November 2018 Town Hall Meeting, President Pignatello introduced the Middle States Self-Study Co-Chairs who presented to students, faculty, and staff on Preparing for the Middle States Self-Study. They explained the importance of identifying Institutional Priorities that are broad and meaningful, that link both to the Standards for Accreditation/Requirements of Affiliation and to the University 2017-22 Strategic Plan, and that are forward looking and focus on strategic areas for improvement. They described the value of setting Intended Outcomes, both to guide a meaningful and useful process and, at the end, to assess the effectiveness of the Self-Study process. A multi-prong process was presented, whereby input was solicited from all constituencies. The November 2018 Town Hall Meeting was followed by a broadly consultative process that concluded with the adoption of four Institutional Priorities and three Intended Outcomes.
- Achieve enrollment goals by branding the University, communicating a consistent message to key stakeholders, aligning the academic program array with market demand, refining recruitment and retention strategies, and attracting resources.
- Increase interdisciplinary and innovative collaboration and integration across departments and colleges in the University (‘Sharing University’) and across State System Universities (‘Sharing System’), in order to maintain and increase academic opportunities for students and faculty while achieving financial sustainability.
- Address results of the climate survey to improve diversity, inclusion, freedom of expression, civility, and opportunities for all constituencies’ engagement, participation in the process, and opportunities for growth, development, and success
- Modernize and streamline operations in areas such as technology, facilities, equipment, and processes to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Intended Outcomes of the Self-Study
- Reaffirmation of Accreditation
- Useful data and insights to inform the strategic planning process in 2021-22
- A Self-Study process that engages the institutional community in inclusive and transparent self appraisal
As the Self-Study process continues, this page will be the gateway to information the campus community needs both to be informed of the process and the University’s progress on the Self-Study and to participate in it through attendance at public meetings and through submitting responses to posted materials. Co-Chairs Dean Jonathan Lindzey and Professor Cori Myers look forward to engaging students, faculty, and staff further in this important process of self-reflection and continuous improvement.