Millersville University MSCHE Accreditation Processes

Middle State 2020 Self-Study Process

Millersville launched its 2020 self-study process on Friday, December 15, 2017 with the first meeting of the 2020 Middle States Steering Committee (MSSC). The first task of the MSSC will be to create the self-study design which will include structure, institutional priorities and self-study outcomes, and a preliminary evidence inventory. 

The 2020 Middle States Self-Study process will be led by the Coordinating Team:

  • Dr. Laurie Hanich, Professor, Educational Foundations (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment and Planning (Interim Co-Chair and Coordinator)

Steering Committee membership includes the co-chairs of the four working groups:

Working Group on Standard 1 (Mission and Goals) and Standard 6 (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement)

  • Mr. Scott Anderson (Associate Professor, Library)
  • Dr. Victor DeSantis (Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning; Associate Provost, Civic and Community Engagement)

Working Group on Standard 2 (Ethics and Integrity) and Standard 7 (Governance, Leadership, and Administration)

  • Dr. Jennifer Wood (Associate Professor, Communication and Theatre)
  • Ms. Melanie DeSantis (Executive Director, Human Resources)

Working Group on Standard 3 (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience) and Standard 5 (Educational Effectiveness Assessment)

  • Dr. Lynn Marquez (Professor, Geology and General Education Coordinator)
  • Dr. George Drake (Dean, College of Education and Human Services)

Working Group on Standard 4 (Support of the Student Experience)

  • Dr. David Henriques (Assistant Professor, Academic and Advisement Center & Director)
  • Dr. Charity Welch (Assistant Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Adult Learning)

2015 Periodic Review Report (MSCHE)

Date due:  June 1, 2015

The Periodic Review Report, available here, was compiled with support from the PRR Team.

The leadership for the PRR Team included:

Co-chairs:  Dr. Jeff Adams, Dr. Laurie Hanich

Coordinator:  Dr. Lisa Shibley

Support Staff: Ms. Carol Kirsch

Purpose:  To strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, please follow this link to view the Middle States Periodic Review Handbook

Aligned with the Our Bold Path, (our Strategic Plan )

Please attend one of the open forums on April 6 (9 to 10 am) or April 9 (12 to 1 pm) in McNairy Library Room 117 to share your insights on the PRR or submit the feedback form below by April 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m.


2010 Decennial Self-Study (Rediscover Millersville)

About the 2010 Self-Study

Rediscover Millersville University

Read Rediscover Millersville: 2010 Self-Study Report Here!

Every ten years Millersville University must reaffirm its accreditation with MSCHE.  This process requires the University to demonstrate compliance with 14 standards as defined by the Characteristics of Excellence. Through the University’s self-study process we must demonstrate compliance while also helping to “rediscover” what makes Millersville the outstanding institution it is and what we should consider for future directions. 

As described below, our self-study process led to the creation of "Rediscover Millersville: The 2010 Self Study" document.

Rediscover Millersville: 2010 Self-Study Design

Millersville embraces the arrival for this decennial review as an opportunity to renew our commitment to engage the University community in a conversation about the future of our institution. As an institution, we believe that the comprehensive model will provide the most robust review while allowing us to build on the self-reflective research which led to our newly adopted Strategic Directions.

The Self-Study Design submitted to MSCHE and discussed at the April 11, 2008, MSCHE Liaison Visit with Dr. Robert Schneider, is available here in pdf format.

Self-Study Organization

Over 150 faculty, staff and students are involved in the Rediscover Millersville 2010 Self-Study. This comprehensive review is organized to facilitate an analytical review of institutional effectiveness: providing insights into Millersville’s current status and creating opportunities for growth. To facilitate the self-study process, a coordinating team leads the process with support from a steering committee and 11 working groups. Specific descriptions of the coordinating team, steering committee, and working groups and their members are available here.

2020 Self Study Timeline


The process includes three phases:

  1. Self-Study Design (July 2017 to September 2018)
  2. Self-Study Process (September 2018 to January 2020)
  3. Site Visit (Spring 2020)

The MSCHE reaffirmation decision will be available in July 2020.

For a more detailed timeline, View PDF

  • Current MSCHE Accreditation Status

    Millersville's current Middle State's accreditation status may be found in the MSCHE Statement of Accreditation Status.  

    • The Statement of Accreditation Status may be viewed HERE.
  • Self-Study Outcomes 2020

    The following highlight our 2020 draft self-study outcomes:

    • Reaffirm accreditation.
    • Focus on continuous improvement.
    • Engage in inclusive and transparent self-appraisal process.
    • Advance strategic planning to strengthen our future.
  • 2020 Self-Study Structure Overview
    See the diagram below for an overview of the 2020 Middle States Self-Study structure:
    diagram of self-study structure
  • Contact Information

    Please direct questions about the self-study to one of the following:

    Ms. Melissa Tineo

    Temporary Administrative Assistant for Planning, Assessment and Analysis

    348 Lyle Hall
    PO Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302

    Dr. Lisa R. Shibley

    Accreditation Liaison Officer and Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment and Planning

    348 Lyle Hall
    PO Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302

    Randi Shultz

    Graduate Assistant for Planning, Assessment and Analysis

    348 Lyle Hall
    PO Box 1002
    Millersville, PA 17551-0302