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Middle States’ Reaffirms Chesapeake’s Accreditation

Cites college’s progress on assessment, goals

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WYE MILLS – Chesapeake College officials are celebrating news that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed accreditation and removed the single warning leveled after the 2010 Periodic Review report. The college is now in full compliance with all 14 of Middle State’s standards.

" We are so pleased with the Middle States reaffirmation .We were confident that the progress we have made in assessing the outcomes for students, but the warning removal is welcome news," said Dr. Barbara Viniar, Chesapeake College’s president, in response to a letter from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. "We look forward to working with the commission again in 2014-2015 for our next scheduled regular review."

Dr. Viniar praised the Chesapeake faculty and staff who worked on the monitoring report.

"This would not have happened without a lot of hard work by the faculty and the leadership of Vice President for Academic Services Kathy Barbour, Assistant Director of Academic Assessment Susan English and Director of Institutional Research Kim Miller," Dr. Viniar said.

Middle States last year voted to accept Chesapeake’s Periodic Review Report (PRR) and officially warned the college about "a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning).

Chesapeake was determined last year to be in compliance with 13 of Middle States’ 14 standards, including strong praise for the institution’s financial management. The college submitted a follow up report in September, which was followed by a visit from a Middle States monitoring team. The college documented establishment of learning goals at the program level, direct evidence of program-level student learning outcomes, and evidence of institutional support for assessment activities.


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