Draft Self-Study Report for Middle States

To all members of the LaGuardia community:

The Draft Self-Study Report for Middle States accreditation is now available for your review.
Please read the report and contribute your feedback.

Three documents may be downloaded in their entirety or as indicated by clicking below.
Draft Self-Study Report [Entire Document] (114 pages)

Executive Summary
Introduction 

 Chapter 1:  Standard 1: Mission and Goals  
 Chapter 2:  Standards 2, 3 & 7: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal, Resources & Assessment  
 Chapter 3:   Standards 4, 5, & 6: Leadership, Governance, Administration, and Integrity  
 Chapter 4:   Standards 8 & 9: Student Admissions, Retention, and Support Services 
 Chapter 5:  Standard 10: Faculty 
 Chapter 6:  Standard 11: Educational Offerings       
 Chapter 7:  Standard 13: Related Educational Activities 
 Chapter 8:  Standards 12 & 14: Assessment of Student Learning and General Education 


Draft Appendices to the Report [Entire Document] (159 pages)

Appendix 1 & 2
Appendix 3 & 4
Appendix 5 & 6
Appendix 7 & 8

Compiled Findings and Recommendations of Report [Entire Document] (10 pages)

I encourage you to comment on the fairness and accuracy of the Draft Report's portrayal of the College, its strengths, and its issues. Your comments will help us sharpen our descriptions. If you submit a comment, please specify the chapter and page of the report to which you are referring. You may access all of the documents cited in the report by clicking on the highlighted links. I urge you to examine the evidence we have gathered before forming your opinions about the report.

Since the report is approximately 114 pages long, you may find it convenient to first read the compiled findings and recommendations. In addition, the report begins with a brief Executive Summary.

Please submit your comments to: middlestates@lagcc.cuny.edu. Please send comments before Wednesday, October 12, 2011, to allow us time to consider them carefully.

I also urge you to attend the Middle States Open Forum on Monday, October 3, 2011,
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., in the Little Theater
. This forum, open to all members of the college community, including students, will provide an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the self-study report and what it says about the college's recent accomplishments, as well as those areas in which the college faces challenges.

A separate open forum for students will be held on Wednesday, October 12,
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in MB-10.


You can learn more about the purposes of accreditation, the self-study process, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education at the Accreditation, Self Study, and Timetable, sections of this site.

Gordon Tapper
Professor of English
Chair of Middle States Steering Committee
middlestates@lagcc.cuny.edu
 


September 13, 2010

I am pleased to announce that LaGuardia Community College has received formal approval of its Self-Study Design from Dr. Debra Klinman, the college's liaison to the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

As part of the self-study process, LaGuardia's Working Groups, Steering Committee, and Core Team created the Self-Study Design, which describes the college's plans for the research it will conduct over the coming year in order to produce its Self-Study Report.

The Self-Study Design can be found in the Research Question section of the site, or by clicking here.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about the Self-Study Design.

Gordon Tapper
Professor of English
Chair of Middle States Steering Committee
gtapper@lagcc.cuny.edu 


June 9, 2010

I am pleased to announce that LaGuardia Community College has submitted its Self-Study Design to Dr. Debra Klinman, the college's liaison to the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

As part of the self-study process, LaGuardia's Working Groups, Steering Committee, and Core Team have spent the last few months creating the Self-Study Design, which describes the college's plans for the research it will conduct over the coming year in order to produce its Self-Study Report.

Based on feedback from Dr. Klinman, the Design will be revised and re-submitted later this summer for final approval by the Middle States Commission. The final version of the Design will be posted on the site.

The Self-Study Design can be found in the Research Question section of the site, or by clicking here.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about the Self-Study Design.

Gordon Tapper
Professor of English
Chair of Middle States Steering Committee
gtapper@lagcc.cuny.edu
 


June 1, 2010
 

To all members of the LaGuardia community:

Welcome to the website for LaGuardia's 2010-2012 Self Study for Re-Accreditation by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.

Through the self study, the entire college community will evaluate how well the college is fulfilling its mission and goals. Through a collaborative, inclusive process, we will be recognizing our accomplishments and identifying areas in which we wish to make improvements. The self study is an opportunity to engage in a college-wide conversation about our work.

This website will keep you informed about the self study and we invite you to contribute your views. The site will be regularly updated as the self study progresses.

We encourage you to read the research questions that we have created to guide LaGuardia's self study. (See below for more information about these questions.) We are eager to hear what you think about the research questions. Please email your comments and questions to me, Professor Gordon Tapper, at gtapper@lagcc.cuny.edu .

You can learn more about the purpose of accreditation, the self-study process, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education at the Accreditation  and Self Study sections of this site.


The Self-Study Process

In January 2010, President Mellow appointed a Steering Committee and Core Team to lead the self-study process. In addition, fourteen Working Groups were established to work on the fourteen categories, known as "standards," by which the Middle States Commission will evaluate the college. The members of the Steering Committee , Core Team , and Working Groups  were drawn from a broad cross-section of the college and include over 120 faculty, administrators, and staff. Students will be invited to serve on Working Groups in Fall 2010 when each group begins its research. You can see the names of those serving on these committees through the links in this paragraph or by visiting the Participants section of this site.

Since January 2010, the Working Groups have been engaged in the first stage of the process: to create a plan for next year's research called a "Self Study Design." This research will be the basis for a draft report that will be shared with the campus in Fall 2011. After receiving feedback from the college community, the Working Groups, Steering Committee, and Core Team will revise the report and submit it to our Middle States evaluation team towards the end of the Fall 2011 semester. The self study will culminate in a visit to LaGuardia by the Middle States Evaluation Team, now scheduled for April 2012. The evaluation team will be made up entirely of faculty and administrators from other community colleges.

On June 18, 2010, LaGuardia's Middle States liaison, Dr. Debra Klinman, will be visiting the college to discuss our Self Study Design during meetings with President Mellow, the Core Team, and the Steering Committee. As a Vice President at the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, Dr. Klinman is responsible for the Commission's formal acceptance and approval of the Self Study Design. In addition to answering questions and providing us with informal feedback, she will nominate the members of the re-accreditation evaluation team.

The research questions for the Design were developed by the Working Groups through a lengthy process involving input from many constituencies and will guide our work next year. The questions can be found at the Research Questions area of this site. You can also read more about the purpose of these questions at the Self-Study Process area of this site (see especially the section called "Linking the Design and Self-Study to Commission Standards And Expectations".

Finally, on behalf of the Steering Committee, the Core Team, and the Working Groups, I invite you to participate in the various self-study forums, surveys, and focus groups over the next year and a half.

With thanks for your participation,

Gordon Tapper
Professor of English
Chair of the Middle States Steering Committee
gtapper@lagcc.cuny.edu