Middle States 2021 Self-Study and Accreditation Review


Middle States 2021 Self-Study and Accreditation Review

Drew University is engaged in a self-study for our 2021 decennial accreditation review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This institution-wide self-study of the MSCHE Standards for Accreditation will continue through the 2019-2020 academic year, with Drew’s Self-Study Report completed in fall 2020 and the Evaluation Team visit in spring 2021. Drew University community members may access related reports and resources on UKNOW.

Questions? Comments? Send us an email at middlestates@drew.edu or leave a comment below.

Steering Committee


  • Ryan Hinrichs, Ph.D., Dean of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Chemistry.
  • Hilary Kalagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology.

Core Members:

  • Jessica Lakin, Ph.D., Provost and Professor of Psychology.  Also a working group chair.
  • Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, Th.D., Associate Dean for the Theological School and Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. Liaison from Theological School Steering Committee for ATS Accreditation.
  • Alex McClung, Ph.D., Director of Institutional Research. Charged with oversight of Evidence Inventory and Requirements of Affiliation.
  • Meredith Palmer, Associate Dean of Administration. Also a working group chair and charged with oversight of Document Roadmap, Institutional Policies and Requirements of Affiliation.
  • Gloria Alisyed-Lewis, Assistant Vice President for University Budgeting and Financial Planning.

Working Group Chairs:

  • Barbara Bresnahan, Chief of Staff, President’s Office.
  • Meredith Palmer, Associate Dean of Administration (noted above).
  • Christina McKittrick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology.
  • William Petrick, Associate Dean of Students.
  • Sandra Jamieson, Ph.D., Professor of English.
  • Jessica Lakin, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Academic Administration (noted above).

Please use middlestates@drew.edu to communicate with the Steering Committee members.

Self-Study Timeline and Process

Self-Study Timetable
Summer 2019
  • Self-Study Design Report drafted and Working Group membership determined.
Fall 2019
  • Steering Committee presents self-study process to faculty and staff.
  • Sept. 12: MSCHE Vice President liaison visit and open Information Session, 1:15-2:15 pm in Crawford Hall.
  • Working Groups convene, reviewing Standards and identifying data and documentation to support their self-study.
  • Steering Committee meets monthly with Working Group Chairs to support data collection and facilitate cross-group coordination.
Spring 2020
  • MSCHE selects the Evaluation Team Chair.
  • Working Groups continue self-study and chapter drafts, which are due by June 5, 2020.
  • Steering Committee reviews self-study chapter drafts and continues work on compliance verification.
Summer 2020
  • MSCHE selects Evaluation Team members.
  • Steering Committee revises chapters and drafts the full Self-Study Report.
  • Complete Report is shared with the campus community and Board of Trustees. Feedback is collected by the Steering Committee.
Fall 2020
  • Steering Committee revises Self-Study Report based on community feedback.
  • Preliminary visit from the Evaluation Team Chair is scheduled.
  • Compliance verification report is submitted to MSCHE.
Spring 2021
  • In January, Steering Committee makes final revisions to Self-Study Report, which is sent to the President’s Office and Board of Trustees for their support.
  • Self-Study Report is sent to Evaluation Team at least six weeks prior to their visit.
  • Evaluation Team completes site visit and writes report.

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