Lehman’s Self-Study: An Opportunity for Reflection
During 2018-19, Lehman College is undergoing its decennial review from its regional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The review is designed to provide the campus with an opportunity for self-assessment, and provides the Lehman Community with a chance to reflect on its mission and vision, study its assessment practices, and determine whether the campus is following federal and state guidelines.
A major component of Lehman’s accreditation review is its self-study process, which began in Spring 2016 and remains in progress. A pre-site visit by the Chair of the Site-Visit team occurred on December 7, 2018, and the feedback received as a result of this visit was incorporated into the self-study report. This self-assessment will provide findings and recommendations that represent the views and perspectives from many stakeholders that will show how we have leveraged the shared governance structures of our College to surface the voices of our campus community. The self-study report reflects the varied perspectives of our diverse campus. The report was submitted to a team of peer-reviewers in advance of their visit in April 2019, which will allow them an opportunity to provide feedback to the Lehman community regarding the opportunities and challenges we face.
The findings of the self-study will serve as a catalyst for continuous improvement, as well as the springboard for our next strategic planning cycle.
A Campus Wide Engagement
The Lehman community has engaged in the self-study process in a variety of settings over the past three years; in 2018 we launched a coordinated effort to engage the campus on a deeper level. As the April 7-10 site visit near, you may read more about the history of campus involvement.
Mission and Goals
Standard I: Mission and Goals
The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.
Standard II: Ethics and Integrity
Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.
Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.
Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience
Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.
Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment
Assessment of student learning demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their programs of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.
Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.
Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration
The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.
Requirements of Affiliation
To be eligible for, to achieve, and to maintain accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institution must demonstrate that it fully meets the following Requirements of Affiliation. Compliance is expected to be continuous and will be validated periodically, typically at the time of institutional self-study and during any other evaluation of the institution’s compliance. Once eligibility is verified, an institution then must demonstrate that it meets the standards for accreditation.