Georgetown in Compliance with Middle States Standards, Reviewers Say
April 9, 2012 – An external team of reviewers deemed Georgetown compliant in all 14 of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s standards during an April 4 presentation of recommendations for the university’s reaccreditation.
Middle States accreditation requires higher education institutions to comply with standards in the areas of mission and goals, institutional resources, educational offerings and more.
The external team, led by Swarthmore College President Rebecca Chopp, met with Georgetown’s senior leadership, faculty, students and staff April 1-4 to evaluate the university’s accreditation status – mostly focusing on Middle States standards addressed in Georgetown’s Self-Study.
“We were very pleased to hear the appraisal of the team,” says Marjory Blumenthal, associate provost for academics. “They acknowledged our progress and accomplishments in the four focal areas of the self-study.
Those areas included planning, resource allocation and institutional renewal; institutional assessment; general education; and assessment of student learning.
Blumenthal says the reviewing team is expected to recommend more activity in the area of general education – areas such as community-based learning – and notes that significant progress has occurred through a variety of faculty efforts under the aegis of the provost.
“Work must continue in the way the university clarifies its goals, rationale and modes of institutional assessment,” she says.
Blumenthal serves as co-chair of the university’s Middle States steering committee along with Randy Bass, associate provost for teaching and learning initiatives.
“Randy Bass and I designed this process with an eye toward benefiting the university, not one producing a report that would sit on the shelf,” she says. “The remarks of [Georgetown] board members during the review visit and the Middle States team's appraisal suggest that we have done that.”
Georgetown had two days to review the team’s recommendations before they submitted them to the Middle States commission, which will likely vote on the university’s accreditation this summer.