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Planning, Achieving, and Sustaining Excellence at Wilkes

Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirms accreditation for Wilkes University

On June 24, 2010, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education voted to reaffirm Wilkes University's accreditation. This is a confirmation that Wilkes has met all 14 accreditation standards as stated in the Characteristics of Excellence.

The MSCHE has asked that Wilkes provide a progress report back to the Commission on several items, as indicated in the following:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Most Recent Commission Action

June 24, 2010

To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2011, documenting (1) planning, improvement, and institutional renewal processes that address the changing needs of the institutional community, involve the entire institutional community, and incorporate the use of assessment results, including direct evidence of student learning at the undergraduate and graduate leveis (Standards 2 and 14) and (2) adoption of the revised faculty handbook (Standard 4). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.

The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) for Wilkes University is available for public review here. The SAS provides basic information about the University and its affiliation with the MSCHE, and includes recent actions taken by the MSCHE.

The official letter from the MSCHE informing Wilkes that its accredited status has been reaffirmed can be found here. Included in this letter is the most recent SAS for Wilkes.

A sincere thank you for all members of the Wilkes community who have contributed to reaffirming accreditation.

Published On: 7/26/2010

Update on the process to Reaffirm Accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The final report of the Middle States Evaluation Team is available for viewing from within the Middle States Self Study channel under the Governance tab. The link is labeled, "Middle States Evaluation Team Report to the Institution". Click here to go to the login page for the Wilkes portal.

The team report was prepared after a review of the institutional self- study that was submitted in mid-February and after the on-site visit to campus on March 28-31, 2010. It is organized according to the thirteen accreditation standards as indicated in the Middle States publication, Characteristics of Excellence.

The submission of the final team report to brings Wilkes one step closer to reaffirming accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

The official institutional response to the team report was sent to the MSCHE on May 5th, 2010. The MSCHE Committee on Evaluation Reports is scheduled to meet and render their decision to reaffirm accreditation on June 9th, 2010. The campus community will be informed of their decision soon after the President's Office is notified.

If there are any questions or comments, please feel free to contact either of us (veeming.lew@wilkes.edu or paul.adams@wilkes.edu).

Published On: 5/11/2010

Middle States Exit Briefing Update from President Gilmour

On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, Monsignor David Rubino presented to the campus community the preliminary report from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) evaluation team.

Most important, the team indicated that Wilkes is in compliance with the 14 standards as presented in the MSCHE's Characteristics of Excellence. The Evaluation Team did make one recommendation (requiring follow-up action) in their report related to bringing the Faculty Handbook into alignment with planned improvements in University policies, governance structure and decision making.

While the report will provide many ideas for improving our effectiveness, please know that the Team was most complimentary of Wilkes and described us as "a quality institution - regionally and around the world." The report encourages us to continue on the path defined in Vision 2010, stay true to our core values, and better appreciate our unique strengths.

Within the next two weeks Monsignor Rubino will send to us a draft of the team report. The University will have ten days to suggest any corrections to the report related to errors of fact, ambiguity or tone. The final team report will be submitted by Monsignor Rubino to MSCHE by April 27. The official decision on Wilkes' reaffirmation of accreditation will come from the MSCHE at the end of June.

The team's exit report is an affirmation by our peers of the great work going on at Wilkes. To everyone - please accept my thanks and congratulations for all of your efforts over the years to achieve this major positive recognition of our institution.

Published On: 4/1/2010

Click here for information regarding the on-site team visit, including a team roster.

The decennial Self Study provides Wilkes University with an opportunity to assess its achievements of the past decade, identify policies, procedures and programs that may require revision or reconsideration, and plan for a decade in which to continue implementation of its mission and goals. It is an important moment in the life of the university when the Wilkes community can come together to participate in preparing the Self Study, and in the process, renew their commitment to the common educational enterprise that is Wilkes. Participation gives each of us a fuller sense of the university's past, its present strengths and challenges, and our role in its future.

By selecting from the links on the left, you will will find information about the Self Study and accreditation process that is underway at Wilkes. You can access documents relevant to the self-study process, some published by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and others created by the Self Study Steering Committee.

The Self Study will establish the context for the visit to Wilkes by a Middle States visit team during the Spring 2010 semester.