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Univ. Meets Middle States Standards

April 15, 2010

University President David M. O’Connell announced via e-mail yesterday that the University has completed its Middle States Commission on Higher Education review and has met all 14 standards of review put forth in the MSCHE’s publication Characteristics of Excellence.

O’Connell stated that the Middle States site-visit chair Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, president of Gannon University in Erie, PA, made positive comments and that “there were no ‘concerns’ expressed in his observations, which is good news.”

Although a formal report is not yet published, O’Connell said that the comments included recognition of the University’s faculty, the work of the Office of Student Life and our program of institutional assessment, especially learning assessment.

There were also several “recommendations” made relating to curriculum development, enrollment and retention.

The University has been preparing for the Middle States evaluation for the past few years. One iniative that was part of the preparation was the First Year Experience Program that was institued for the first time this year.

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