Decennial Middle States Reaccreditation | University of Valley Forge

Decennial Middle States Reaccreditation

DECENNIAL MIDDLE STATES REACCREDITATION

UVF Reaccreditation Update

The University of Valley Forge was first regionally accredited with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in 2002. MSCHE has historically undertaken a comprehensive accreditation review every ten years. This review consists of a Self-Study period, peer review, and Commission action. UVF began its decennial reaccreditation process in fall 2015 when it formed a Steering Committee and seven Working Groups to complete the Self-Study. In accordance with Middle States’ transition to an eight-year reaccreditation cycle, UVF’s next full reaccreditation review is scheduled for 2025-2026.

UVF Reaccreditation Timeline

  • March 5, 2020 – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education found the University of Valley Forge to be in compliance with Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11 and reaffirmed the University’s accreditation. MSCHE requested a monitoring report due September 1, 2020, to demonstrate continued evidence of compliance with Standard VI.

 

  • January 24, 2020 – Final Team Report from Focused Peer Review Team submitted
    • The team pointed out significant accomplishments of the University related to Standard VI: UVF’s revised Strategic Plan “which serves as an actionable document with key performance indicators to address changes arising from assessments” and “the strategic decision to change from open admission to more selective academic criteria applied to the admission process despite a decline in the size of the incoming freshman class and the adverse impact on revenue. This was critical in addressing the improvement of the freshman class academic profile.”
    • The team found the University to be in compliance with all reviewed standards and requirements.

 

  • January 5-7, 2020 – Focused Peer Review Team site visit

 

  • December 1, 2019 – Monitoring Report submitted to Middle States
  • March 14, 2019 – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued its expected determination regarding UVF’s accreditation. MSCHE noted that UVF is now in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirements of Affiliation (ROA) 8, 9, and 10. UVF is looking forward to demonstrating compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and ROA 11 in its Monitoring Report due December 1, 2019, and subsequent site visit. The next Commission action is anticipated at its March 2020 meeting. UVF remains accredited while working with Middle States to address Standard VI, and while ensuring the highest quality of education to its current and future students.

 

  • January 22, 2019 – UVF’s Institutional Response to the Final Team Report submitted

 

  • January 16, 2019 – Final Team Report from Focused Peer Review Team submitted
    • The team commended the University for its progress to date, especially in the areas of educational effectiveness assessment and linking strategic planning to budgeting and enrollment projections. The team also issued a number of helpful suggestions and recommendations.
    • MSCHE uses the Team Report to inform its action, expected in March 2019.

 

  • January 9-11, 2019 – Focused Peer Review Team site visit

 

  • December 1, 2018 – Monitoring Report submitted to Middle States

 

  • June 21, 2018 – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued its expected determination regarding UVF’s accreditation. Middle States has seven standards for which institutions must demonstrate evidence that they are in compliance. UVF was found to be in compliance with five of the seven standards: Mission and Goals (Standard I); Ethics and Integrity (Standard II); Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience (Standard III); Support of the Student Learning Experience (Standard IV); and Governance, Leadership, and Administration (Standard VII). However, MSCHE placed UVF on probation for two standards: Educational Effectiveness Assessment (Standard V) and Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement (Standard VI). Middle States has requested a monitoring report due December 1, 2018, and will reevaluate UVF at that time. The University is confident in its ability to demonstrate progress in these areas. UVF remains accredited while working with MSCHE to address the requirements and recommendations, and while ensuring the highest quality of education to its current and future students.

 

 

  • April 25, 2018 – Final Team Report from Peer Review Team submitted
    • The team commended the institution for its clearly articulated and disseminated mission; the collaborative approach between faculty and staff to student learning and sharing of resources; the increased student satisfaction in recent years; faculty’s understanding of assessment processes; the recent improvements in the budgeting process; the Board of Trustee’s restructuring efforts to better serve the institution; the new energetic, committed, and transparent leadership team; and a number of other items.
    • The team issued a number of helpful suggestions and recommendations, many of which affirmed recommendations UVF had itself already articulated in the Self-Study Report. The team also included requirements related to two of the seven Standards for Accreditation.
    • MSCHE uses the Team Report to inform its action.

 

  • March 18-21, 2018 – Peer Review Team visit

 

  • February 2018 – Self-Study Report submitted to MSCHE and Peer Review Team

 

  • December 2018 – Verification of Compliance with Federal Regulations review accepted with no issues

 

  • November 2017 – Preliminary visit from Peer Review Team Chair

 

  • Spring 2016 – Self-Study Design submitted to Middle States

Updated: March 12, 2020. Please direct questions to Dr. Todd Guevin, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management, and Accreditation Liaison Officer: TGGuevin@valleyforge.edu.