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Decennial Self-Study for Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) October 2017 Draft Open Access

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary membership association of colleges and universities located in the mid-Atlantic region. As part of GW’s accreditation process, a comprehensive self-study that evaluates the university’s progress over the past decade has been developed. This draft was posted on the Provost's website and opened for comments from the GW community. Institutions in MSCHE’s jurisdiction undergo reaccreditation every 10 years. The multiyear process involves a self-study, a campus visit from a team of academics and administrators from other institutions who have read the self-study, and a ruling on the accreditation status of the institution. MSCHE accreditation applies across the university, regardless of accreditation processes for individual schools or programs. In early 2016, GW formed a steering committee for its upcoming accreditation process, which is led by Paul Duff, professor of religion, and Cheryl Beil, associate provost for academic planning and assessment. In addition to the steering committee, eight working groups composed of representatives of all 10 GW schools are focused on: 1. Mission and goals 2. Ethics and integrity 3. Design and delivery of student learning experience 4. Support of student learning experience 5. Educational effectiveness assessment 6. Planning, resources and institutional improvement 7. Governance, leadership and administration 8. Compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations

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