MSCHE Accreditation Self Study

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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.

  • Institutional Priorities

    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

  • Self-Study Steering Committee

    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 Committee 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

  • Standard Committee Membership
  • Standards for Accreditation and Requirements for Affiliation
  • Timeline for 2021-2022

    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.

  • Timeline for 2022-2023

    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).

  • Team Chair Preliminary Visit
  • MSCHE Site Visit Team Daily Schedule (March 27-March 29, 2023)