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Welcome! This website is to keep Villanova University's constituency informed throughout the evaluation period, including meeting announcements involving the Villanova community and the posting of self-study reports.

Villanova University is scheduled for our decennial evaluation, an extensive progression of assessment tasks required to reaffirm accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Taking place over the next two years, the process begins with an Institutional Self -Study. Seven working groups consisting of Villanova faculty, staff, and students, led by a 20-member Steering Committee, will carefully examine how well Villanova educational programs and services, with particular attention to student learning and achievement, accomplish the University's goals, fulfill our mission, and meet the Commission's standards. Upon completion of the self-study process, in spring 2011 the Steering Committee will summarize findings put forth by the working groups and generate a Self-Study Report.

The decennial evaluation concludes with a thorough appraisal of the University by educators from institutions similar to Villanova. These peer evaluators read the self-study report and conduct a team visit to assess whether the University meets MSCHE accreditation standards. The visiting team also helps Villanova improve by endorsing the recommendations in the self-study report and often by making additional suggestions of their own.

Ultimately the Commission's Committee on Evaluation reviews all of the discussions and reports above and comes to a decision on whether to reaffirm Villanova University's accreditation status.

For More Information

Villanova University Self-Study
Steering Committee Co-Chairs

John M. Kelley, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Office of Planning & Institutional Research

Stephen R. Merritt
Dean, Enrollment Management

Sally J. Scholz, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy

If you have any comments or questions pertaining to the decennial evaluation or the self-study evaluation process, the Steering Committee Co-Chairs would like to hear from you at: middlestates@villanova.edu