Molloy University Accreditation and Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Molloy University is committed to providing a transformative education that meets established quality standards. Accreditation is the peer review process by which those standards most valued by the institution are verified. Molloy University is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In order to remain accredited, the institution provides periodic reports and participates in the self-study and external review process.

Molloy University began working on the self-study review process in the Fall 2020 semester. Working groups were established and community discussion was initiated resulting in a Self-Study design that was submitted and approved by MSCHE in Spring 2021. Barbara T. Schmidt, Associate Provost and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, chairs the process.

1. Strategic Enrollment: Develop and implement a strategic approach to recruitment and retention that better positions the College to achieve defined enrollment goals and associated revenue. Standards VI and IV

2. Responsive Education: Evaluate and enhance Molloy’s academic programs and related infrastructure to ensure relevancy of academic offerings and strengthen the College’s competitive position. Standards V, III, and IV

3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Establish an overarching diversity, equity and inclusion plan rooted in the College’s mission and ensure that the organizational structures are in place to support DEI efforts throughout the institution. Standards II, I, and III

Steering Committee

Barbara Schmidt
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs


Gioia Bales
Dean, School of Business

Audrey Cohan,
Senior Dean of Research and Scholarship

Valerie Collins
Steering Commitee Resource; Associate Professor, Nursing

Melissa Gebbia
Professor of Psychology

Kathleen Maurer Smith
Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs

Catherine Muscente
Vice President of Mission and Ministry

Lisa Newland
Chairperson and Professor of Social Work

Joanne O’Brien
Dean, School of Education and Human Services

Maureen Sanz
Director of the Faculty Professional Center and Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science

Linda Silva Thompson
Associate Dean of Academic Assessment

Ken Young
Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations

Vincent D'Accordo
Director of Organizational Effectiveness

Summer 2021

June – September
Revisions and acceptance of Self- Study Design

Fall 2021 Semester and Spring 2022 Semester

September – December & January - May
CORE meetings will be followed by Steering Committee and Standard Committee meetings. Three meetings of the Steering and Standard Committees are planned for each semester. Both the Verification of Compliance Committee and the Evidence Inventory Committee will be scheduled to meet with the Steering Committee each semester. An additional meeting for the Steering Committee will be scheduled at the end of the semester. Standard Committee drafts due November . The Steering Committee will read all drafts.

Spring 2022 Semester

January - May
Self-Study Evaluation Team Chair chosen. Team Visit dates identified for March or April 2023. Accepted Self- Study Design sent to Team Chair.

Summer 2022

May - September
Self-Study revisions and campus review. 

Fall 2022 Semester

September - January
Steering Committee, Standard Committee and Verification of Compliance Working Groups will meet to begin to finalize the Self-Study in preparation for the Team Chair Visit. Following the Team Chair Visit and Self-Study Report review, the Self-Study will be finalized based on the Team Chair feedback and shared with the campus.The Steering Committee will begin planning the schedule for the Spring 2023 Evaluation Team Visit.
Team Chair Preliminary Visit
Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Spring 2023 Semester

January - February
Final Self-Study Report / Verification of Compliance / Evidence Inventory uploaded to MSCHE portal (six weeks before team Visit).  Steering Committee planning schedule / activities for Evaluation Team Visit finalized.

March - April
Self-Study Evaluation Team Visit. Team Report. Institutional Response to the Team Report.

Evaluation Team Visit
Sunday, March 26 – Wednesday, March 29 2023

June - November
Commission meets to determine action. (Visits conducted after April 15 are acted on by the Commission at the November meeting).