York College of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE). MSCHE is a non-governmental group that enlists knowledgeable peers to evaluate the current quality of their institution’s education, identify areas for improvement, and create a plan of action.
MSCHE accreditation demonstrates to the public that we are meeting rigorous standards in the context of our own mission, vision, and goals. This method is clearly preferable to a governmental procedure that demands all colleges and universities to meet universal criteria.
There are several models for this self-study, which York College performs every 10 years. When the process officially began one and a half years ago, and in consultation with the College President and the Dean of Academic Affairs, we adopted the Comprehensive Self-Study Model with a special emphasis on the student experience and academic excellence.
With this in mind, the goals of our self-study were:
- To determine if we are in compliance with MSCHE’s 14 standards;
- To evaluate how the College fulfills its commitment to its mission and goals;
- To consider how we can improve that commitment to better the educational experience of all students.
This self-study and its accompanying report will also inform our next long-range planning cycle. It is important to understand that this report is designed to point out the positive attributes and practices at York College as well as areas that need improvement. To serve the College, it must be truly reflective and honest.