In the Spring 2019 semester, Loyola University Maryland began a comprehensive self-study process, which culminates in a visit and peer-evaluation during the Spring 2021 semester from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Loyola’s regional accreditor. This process requires 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, is serving 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.
Earlier in the process, the Committee on Institutional Effectiveness invited review and comment on draft chapters of Loyola’s self-study from members of the Loyola community.
Those who wished to view and comment on the draft chapters were asked to consider the following:
- 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, reviewers were asked to:
- 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 were directed to the following sections:
- 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
The Final Report and Evaluation
An evaluation team of peer reviewers from Middle States will conduct a virtual site visit March 21-24, 2021, to verify the final self-study report and to evaluate to what extent Loyola meets the standards of accreditation. Some members of the Loyola community will be asked to participate in conversations with the evaluation team. The entire Loyola community will then be invited to hear the team’s preliminary report on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, immediately after which the visit concludes.
Read the Final Self-Study