Middle States On the Move2
LaGuardia’s Middle States accreditation process now underway is
our chance to discover what works and what needs some work in every area of the
College –from academic programs to administrative practices– so we can continue
to expand our legacy as a bold and innovative institution of higher learning
and our students can continue to reap the tangible benefits and financial
resources of accreditation. Incorporating the work of nearly 140 faculty, staff
and students, our Middle States team is completing the first draft of the
Self-Study Report, an analysis of the College that will demonstrate compliance
with the standards of the Middle States Commission, while also allowing the
College community to take stock of its achievements and face the challenges
May, members of the Working Groups and the College community gathered at an
Open Forum to review presentations made by team leaders that highlighted
several examples of recent changes and challenges at the College that will be
included in the Self-Study Report. The forum also gave the Steering Committee a
chance to explain how the accreditation process works and how the data
collected is being used to craft the Self-Study.
covered in the presentations included: improvements in retention initiatives,
developments in student outcomes assessment, the division-wide self-assessment
conducted by Student Affairs and ACE’s role in the realization of the “One
College” concept, among others.
You missed it? Don’t worry,
as part of our effort to make the Self-Study a transparent and inclusive
process, you can view them online and learn more about the
process at your leisure:
Overview of the Accreditation Process
Program Directors and Student Outcomes Assessments
Student Affairs Division-wide Self-Assessment
ACE and the One College Concept
Student Admissions and Retention
The next Middles States
Open Forum on October 3, however, is one you won’t want to miss, since it’s
where we’ll be sharing the first draft of the Self-Study Report. The draft
will be posted on the Middle States website before the College-wide forum so we
can get your feedback on issues
affecting the College community that you believe should be addressed in the
Self-Study. There will be a separate forum in Fall 2011 for students, although
students will also be invited to the College-wide forum.
Attending the next Open
Forum is a great way to participate in this important process, and will help ensure the picture of LaGuardia that we paint for
the Middle States Commission is as inclusive, vibrant and compelling as the
I am also
pleased to announce that the Chair of the external Middle States evaluation
team will be Dr. Stephen M. Curtis, President of Community College of
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 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.
To learn more about LaGuardia’s Middle States accreditation process, contact Professor Gordon Tapper, Steering Committee Chair, at ext. 5669, or email email@example.com.