Middle States Reaccreditation Team Visit March 31, 2014 – April 2, 2014 Charles F. Zukoski Provost Sean P. Sullivan Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Budget Michael E. Ryan Director of University Accreditation Regional Accrediting Organizations Aims of Accreditation • Accreditation is about accountability and is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education by establishing and enforcing standards of excellence. • Accreditation is about continuous self-improvement and involves a process of peer review adopted by the higher educational community for its self-regulation. The process is not intended to be adversarial but rather collegial in helping institutions improve their practices and attain their mission. Team Chair and Team Support Team Chair Patricia Beeson, Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost University of Pittsburgh Chair and Team Support Juan Manfredi, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies University of Pittsburgh Dan Kubis, Assistant to the Provost University of Pittsburgh SUNY Representative Linnea LoPresti, Assistant Provost for Academic Programs SUNY System Administration Middle States Evaluating Team Members Bryan Andriano, Executive Director, Global and Experiential Education, School of Business George Washington University Nivia Aurora Fernandez Hernandez, Professor, College of Natural Sciences University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Maria Maricela Fuentes-Martin, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students University of Texas-Pan American Christina A. Hannah, Collegiate Professor and Program Director Business and Executive Programs University of Maryland Betty J. Harper, Senior Planning and Research Associate Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment Pennsylvania State University Maureen Diana Sasso, Director, Information Services Division, Gumberg Library Duquesne University Gene A. Vincenti, Former Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Calvin Yu, Assistant Professor, Director of Assessment Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Middle States Standards for Accreditation 1. Mission and Goals 2. Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal 3. Institutional Resources 4. Leadership and Governance 5. Administration 6. Integrity 7. Institutional Assessment 8. Student Admissions and Retention 9. Student Support Services 10. Faculty 11. Educational Offerings 12. General Education 13. Related Educational Activities 14. Assessment of Student Learning Self-Study Report Framework for Excellence Executive Summary Chapter 1 - Charting the Course to Excellence: Mission, Vision, Leadership, Integrity Addresses Standards 1, 4, 5, 6 Chapter 2 – Building a Foundation for Excellence: Strategic Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal Addresses Standards 2, 3, 7 Chapter 3 – Educating for Excellence: Faculty Addresses Standard 10 Chapter 4 – Educating for Excellence: Instructional Programs Addresses Standards 11, 12, 13, 14 Chapter 5 – Fostering Student Learning and Achievement: Admissions, Retention, and Student Support Services Addresses Standards 8, 9 Chapter 6 – Conclusions Sources 293 sources cited Self-Study Report • Framework for Excellence – http://www.buffalo.edu/provost/acredit/middle-states/selfstudy-report.html • Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education – http://www.msche.org/publications/CHX-2011-WEB.pdf Team Schedule and Meetings • Sunday, March 30, 2014 – Welcome Reception and Dinner • Monday, March 31, 2014 – – – – – – – – – – President Tripathi Coordinating Committee UB 2020/Realizing UB 2020 Senior Leadership Student Admissions Academic Programs Financial Planning Deans Department Chairs Student Retention/Support Services – Assessment of Student Learning – Resource Allocation Processes – International Education • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – – – – – – – – Campus Life/Support services General Education Capital Planning UB Council Students IT Support/Distance Education Faculty Senate Unit Standards and Impact • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Exit Summary and Debriefing Materials for Evaluating Team Materials for Evaluating Team • Self-Study Report – Framework for Excellence • Sources and Evidence – Data, Documents, Reports, Websites, etc. • Document Roadmap (>350 sources of evidence) – Provides linkage between standards, source documents, and citations in the Self-Study • Flash Drive for Evaluators – All evidence and related materials with embedded links • Document Workroom Recent Commission Actions November 21, 2013 • 2 institutions granted initial accreditation status • 2 institutions granted “Candidate for Accreditation” status • 1 institution had “Accreditation Readiness Report” accepted • 55 institutions had accreditation reaffirmed • 1 institution had reaffirmation postponed • 3 institutions were placed on probation • 2 institutions were placed on warning • 3 institutions were continued on warning • 4 institutions had warning removed • Various actions regarding 69 other institutions Campus Preparation for Team Visit • • • • Communications to the Campus Logistical Planning and Arrangements Assembly of Evidence Preparation and Rehearsal (March 2014) – Identification of session moderators and participants – Preparation of anticipated issues, questions, and discussion points Self-Study Report Framework for Excellence Highlights • • • • • • Implementation of strategic planning initiatives through UB2020 and Realizing UB 2020 Revision of the resource allocation model to support planning and meet current funding realities Significant campus transformations including the “downtown” campus, new buildings, and major renovations Replacement of aging administrative systems with a consolidated, state-of-theart database-driven infrastructure Enhancement of institutional assessment, including comprehensive program reviews Promoting a culture assessment to support academic programs and enhance student learning outcomes • Significant advancement over past 10 years despite 4 years of significant budget cuts Metric 2004 Today Undergraduate 17,838 19,915 Graduate 9,438 10,025 Total 27,276 29,940 Faculty FTE 1,383 1,571 4-year graduation 34% 47% 6-year graduation 67% 72% Median SAT 1150 1160 Median GRE 1163 1222 URM Students (FT) 10% 12% • Increase in student diversity International Students 12% 22% • Increase in international students $127K $172K • Increase in research expenditures Research $/faculty Notable Changes • Increased enrollments • Surge in faculty hiring • Increased graduation rates • Improvement in student quality Looking Forward Realizing UB 2020 • Communities of Excellence • Curricular distinction o o o o Revised general education Experiential learning Significant international experience Capstone requirement • Key infrastructure improvements – operational excellence • Strategic Communications • Unit success – achieving three-year plan goals o Faculty growth o Research and scholarly achievement o Enrollment stability Questions?