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Institutional Effectiveness and Loyola's Self-Study: 2019-2021

Beginning in the Spring 2019 semester, Loyola University Maryland will engage in a comprehensive self-study process, culminating in a visit during the Spring 2021 semester with a peer-evaluation visit from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Loyola’s regional accreditor. This process will require consequential thinking and work from many members of the Loyola community, and will advance a stronger Loyola to live out its mission and core values.

The University’s Committee on Institutional Effectiveness, a standing committee of the Loyola Conference and a permanent part of the University’s governance structure, will serve as the steering committee for the University’s self-study.

Here, the Committee invites members of the Loyola community to learn more about The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Standards for Accreditation, the self-study’s leadership and process, and opportunities for Loyola community members to learn more about and engage with the self-study process.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and Standards for Accreditation

Loyola University Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), located in Philadelphia, PA. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Commission, through the accreditation process, requires that member institutions, such as Loyola, meet rigorous and comprehensive Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. These standards and requirements are addressed in the context of each institution’s own mission, within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of accredited colleges and universities.

More information about these standards and requirements is available in the self-study design document below, and on the Commission’s website.

The Committee, the Self-Study Process, and Opportunity for Review & Feedback

Information on the Committee, working groups, the self-study process and proposed timeline for the process is included in a self-study design document.

The Committee on Institutional Effectiveness invites your review and comment on draft chapters of Loyola’s self-study. The chapters and a comment form are available below.

When reviewing, please remember:

  • The goal of the self-study is to ensure Loyola’s reaffirmation of accreditation by Middle States.
  • Each chapter addresses one specific standard’s criteria, which are listed on the first page(s).
  • The criteria in each standard are guides about how the self-study may address compliance with the standard. They are not a checklist.  
  • While the self-study covers many University activities, it cannot cover them all.
  • These are drafts, and the Committee will continue to refine the content and style during the Fall 2020 semester. 

When providing comment, please:

  • Identify opportunities to improve demonstration of compliance with the chapter’s standard. 
  • Do not focus on style, formatting, punctuation, or grammar. The Committee will address these during revisions.

Reviewers with specific interests should review:

  • Loyola as a Jesuit, Catholic university: Standards One and Two
  • Loyola’s teaching, research, scholarship, and academic support and activities: Standards Three, Four, and Five
  • Loyola’s engagement with and support of students: Standard Four
  • Loyola’s administrative operations and leadership: Standards Six and Seven

Read the Draft Chapters

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