Comments invited on report for Middle States Commission
Temple faculty, students and staff are invited to review and comment on a draft report that will be submitted this spring to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Institutions accredited by Middle States submit a Periodic Review Report five years after an evaluation team’s most recent visit (in Temple’s case, 2000) and five years before the next evaluation team visit (in Temple’s case, scheduled for 2010).
The PRR summarizes accomplishments of the past five years, describes the University’s current status and addresses the institution’s aspirations for the next five years, including opportunities and challenges relative to those aspirations. For more on Middle States’ guidelines for submitting the PRR, visit their Web site at www.msache.org/msache/content/pdf_files/PRR0304.pdf.
The draft PRR will be available online beginning Monday, Feb. 21, at www.temple.edu/prr2005.
Comments on the draft must be submitted by Friday, March 11. Access to the draft is restricted to members of the University community.
“This report is an important tool in helping us gauge our strengths and identify areas that need improvement,” said Deputy Provost Richard M. Englert, who is overseeing the effort. “The report also will help form the foundation for Middle States’ evaluation five years from now.
Feedback from the University community will help ensure that we submit a report that is of greatest use to Temple and to the accreditation process.”
A committee of 16 faculty members, staff and students, chaired by Robert Aiken, professor of computer and information sciences, has been meeting since last summer to prepare the PRR.
The report includes information on Temple’s mission, goals and objectives; planning and resource allocation processes; leadership and governance; educational offerings; student support services; assessment; financial and enrollment trends and projections; and other topics.
“The accreditation process is an important component for steering institutional improvements and being accountable to the public,” Aiken said. “Our committee has worked hard to capture the Temple of today and the challenges and opportunities that face the Temple of tomorrow.
Now we need the University community to review our draft and point out any areas that might need to be strengthened.”
Visitors to the Web site www.temple.edu/prr2005 will be able to read and comment on each of the report’s six sections individually, rather than having to complete the entire 71-page report in a single reading.