Self-Study Process Timeline

Self-Study Process Timeline

Fall 2022

  • Accreditation presentation during Faculty Professional Development Day (Aug) by a peer institutional representative who recently completed the reaffirmation process (Dr. Michael Bowden, Coppin State)
  • Initial members of the Steering Committee and Tri-Chairs identified from UDC’s Accreditation Task Force
  • Self-Study Institute October-November (attended by ten members of the Steering Committee)
  • Initial Working Group membership identified from the University Assessment Committee
  • Began drafting Self-StudyDesign
  • Drafted priorities to be addressed and (additional) outcomes of the Self-Study
  • November 15: Self-Study update presentation to the Board of Trustees
  • December 13: Tri-Chairs virtual meeting with VP Liaison; date of Self-Study Preparation Visit confirmed

Spring 2023

  • January 3: Faculty Professional Development Day presentation on the Self-Study process to date
  • Jan/Feb: Qualtrics Surveys seeking Working Group volunteers and input on priorities and outcomes
  • Provisional Working Group members identified from survey input
  • January 17: Self-Study update presentation to Admin Council, Board Members, and other staff/administrators (President watches recording)
  • March 15: Provisional Self-Study Design submitted to MSCHE VP Liaison
  • March 17: Formal kickoff of Self-Study (during Administrative Council meeting)
  • March 22: Self-Study Preparation Visit by VP Liaison Dr. Robert Bonfiglio
  • April 21: Revised Self-Study Design submitted to MSCHE VP Liaison
  • April 30: Self-Study Design formally approved and accepted by MSCHE (letter from VP Liaison)
  • March 21: Accreditation 101 video was developed, click here
  • Self-Study webpage drafted within UDC website

Summer 2023

  • Steering Committee Leaders continue regular meetings with Working Group co-chairs
  • Seven faculty members from Working Groups receive contracts/stipends to work on Self-Study
  • Tri-Chairs met with and updated President Edington within 30 days of appointment (Aug 8)
  • Aug 16: Self-Study presentation to faculty during Faculty Professional Development Days, which included presentations from two faculty members of the Steering Committee: Dr. Christopher Anglim and Dr. Arlene King-Berry
  • Aug 22: Tri-Chairs provide an update on Self-Study to Dr. McMurray
  • Finalized internal evidence repository (SharePoint site)

Fall 2023 

  • Working Groups continue to research in support of Standards, Requirements of Affiliation, and compliance with federal/local laws and regulations
  • Working Groups draft outlines of each chapter and provide a list of evidence (NLT 8 Dec)
  • The Steering Committee provides initial feedback to the draft outlines and list of evidence from the Working Groups (NLT 15 Dec)
  • Uploading of documents in the evidence repository (internal)
  • Tri-Chairs provide progress updates to the President, CAO, BOT, senior leaders, campus community
  • Updates posted regularly to the Self-Study website (and other outlets)

Spring 2024

  • Jan 3: Update presentation on Self-Study by Tri-Chairs and the Co-Chairs of each Standard/Requirements of Affiliation during Faculty Professional Development
  • Working Groups produce the initial full draft of chapters, including a list of accomplishments and opportunities for improvement/innovation (NLT end of Spring Term)
  • Tri-Chairs and other designated team members review/edit chapters and circulate for feedback
  • Tri-Chairs and Steering Committee Co-Chairs edit the list of accomplishments and opportunities for improvement/innovation and align with strategic priorities and additional outcomes of Self-Study
  • Tri-Chairs meet with the President and CAO to review drafts and receive feedback
  • Updates posted regularly to the Self-Study website (and other outlets)

Summer 2024

  • Feedback from senior leaders incorporated into draft to be shared in a presentation to the BOT
  • Tri-Chairs give presentations and draft Self-Study to full BOT for feedback
  • Working Groups incorporate feedback and edits from the Steering Committee and other stakeholders (President, CAO, BOT, Cabinet)
  • Tri-Chairs, in consultation with the CAO, prioritize opportunities for improvement and/or innovation, align them with strategic priorities, and determine a list of options to be included in a full report
  • Tri-Chairs and the editorial team continue editing and merging the full Self-Study document
  • Updates posted regularly to the Self-Study website (and other outlets)

Fall 2024

  • Aug 16 & 19: Working Groups present findings during Faculty Professional Development Days
  • Town Hall update to the full campus community
  • Working Groups/Steering Committee incorporate any appropriate final revisions based on community feedback
  • December: Host Visiting Team Chair for an on-campus visit (dry run of all logistical and administrative dimensions of onsite spring visit)

Spring 2025

  • Jan (1st week): During Faculty Professional Development Day, Tri-Chairs present the Visiting Team Chair’s feedback and share relevant changes/edits to Self-Study based on that. Provide an overview of what to expect during the Peer Evaluation Team Visit (with a draft schedule, if possible).
  • Incorporate feedback from the Visiting Team Chair, as appropriate, and finalize the Self-Study
  • Post Self-Study on website
  • Host Peer Evaluation Team Site Visit (end of March)

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