Self-study, as the term suggests, is a study of the organization by the organization itself to investigate how well it is operating under the standards set by its accreditation body.
Under MSCHE, each institution is evaluated across fourteen standards which is organized under two broad categories—Institutional Context and Educational Effectiveness—which each contain seven standards.
Cabrini College must comply with fourteen standards to be able to renew accreditation. Self-studies require close planning, communication among constituents, time, and project management.
A self‑study starts with creating a self‑study design document that outlines key research questions that we ask of ourselves to systematically evaluate our performance across the standards. As the self‑study process progresses, answers to these questions—which must be backed by evidence—will be complied to create the final self‑study report. This report, when finalized, is made available to the Cabrini community for review before being submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The Evolving Self-Study Report
Steering Committee organizes the self-study process.↓
Working groups study the programs and services included in the self‑study design, existing or new data, and evaluative reports. ↓
Steering Committee develops draft self‑study from reports by working groups. ↓
Campus-wide discussion by various constituencies↓
Steering Committee prepares the final self‑study report.↓
Institution disseminates the final report.