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Middle States Self Study Communication and Events

York College of Pennsylvania will make every effort to explain the accreditation process and provide regular updates on our progress. We will also announce all important events and dates related to our accreditation review, including opportunities for YCP stakeholders to participate in the process. I encourage you to visit this site often for up-to-date information on our progress and your opportunities to participate.

Re-accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is essential for YCP's future, so I hope you will contribute to our self-study process and follow our progress. If you have any questions, you can email them to Kay McAdams or Holly Sypniewski, Co-Chairs for YCP's Middle States accreditation process.

Patrice DiQuinzio
Interim Provost
March 2023

Communication Updates and Events

  • Communication Updates

    Communication Updates

    August 25, 2023

    On September 11, YCP will host our Middle States re-accreditation liaisons for a Self-Study Preparation Visit. The liaisons will meet with stakeholders (faculty, staff, administration, President, and Board of Trustees representatives ) throughout the day. The campus community is invited to an Open Session on September 11, from 1:45-3:15 in Weinstock Lecture Hall. This is an opportunity to learn more about the Middle States re-accreditation process, to ask questions of our liaisons, and to provide our liaisons with a forum for engaging with our campus community. The Self-Study Design is available for reference, and more information about the re-accreditation process is available on our YCP Middle States web page. 

    May 4, 2023

    All campus community members are invited to join one of the virtual forums on May 9th to learn more about the Middle States Re-Accreditation process and to share feedback on the draft of the Self-Study Design.

    • May 9th at 10-11 am.
    • May 9th at 2-3 pm. 

    March 20, 2023

    The Middle States Re-Accreditation Steering Committee has finalized the Priorities, Outcomes, and Lines of Inquiry that will serve as the framework for how the Working Groups assigned to each re-accreditation Standard will evaluate York College’s fulfillment of the Standard’s criteria. Forty-six members of the YCP community, including faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Trustee members, and alumni have agreed to serve on Middle State Working Groups, and current students will also be invited to participate in the process. The Working Groups will begin their work in Fall 2023. A website has been created to post information about our Middle States Re-Accreditation process. Information about the Priorities, Outcomes, and Lines of Inquiry, Working Group membership, events, and opportunities to provide feedback and to participate in the process, which extends through Spring 2025, is available on this website.

    January 11, 2023

    York College begins the two year Self Study accreditation process in Spring 2023. Patrice DiQuinzio (Interim Provost) serves as the chief academic officer for the Self Study, and Holly Sypniewski (Director of Faculty Development and Global Initiatives) and Kay McAdams (Associate Professor of History and Director of General Education) serve as co-chairs of the Self Study. The leadership Steering Committee comprised of Working Group chairs, each of which is assigned to evaluate a Middle States Standard of Accreditation, held its first meeting on January 10, 2023 to launch its work. This spring, the goal of the Middle States Steering Committee is to draft a Self Study Design proposal, and to establish Working Groups for each Standard. Working Groups will be potentially comprised of faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, and Board of Trustee members. Information about the process can be obtained from Kay McAdams or Holly Sypniewski, and if you are interested in assisting with the Self-Study please contact Kay or Holly. We will update the YCP community periodically throughout the process.

  • Communication Plan

    Communication Plan

    To create an inclusive accreditation process, York College has developed the following plan for sharing information about the Middle States accreditation process.

    • Regular updates in the following College communication venues:  
      • The Fountain e-newsletter, distributed campus-wide every Monday
      • York College's MSCHE Self Study webpage
    • Regular updates in the following standing College meetings:
      • Board of Trustees Meetings 
      • President's Cabinet
      • Provost's Council 
      • Academic Senate
      • Student Senate
    • Campus-wide forums each semester 
  • Forums and Campus Events

    Forums and Campus Events

    All campus community members are invited to join these events to learn more about the MSCHE Accreditation process and to share feedback on drafts of the Self Study Design and final Self Study Report. Announcements will be sent campus-wide before each event.

    • Spring 2023: Virtual Forum on the Self Study process and the Self-Study Design
      • May 9th at 10-11 am. 
      • May 9th at 2-3 pm.
    • Spring 2024: Open forum on the Self Study draft
    • Fall 2024: Open forum on the final draft of the YCP Self Study document
  • Self Study Visits

    Self Study Visits

    There will be several visits to York College by Middle States representatives during the self study process.  Campus constituents will have the opportunity to meet with the representative(s) from Middle States during each visit.

    • September 2023: MSCHE liaison visits YCP for the Self Study Prep Visit, following the submission of the Self Study Design
    • Fall 2024: MSCHE Evaluation Team Chair visits YCP following the submission of the Self Study draft
    • Spring 2024: MSCHE Evaluation Team visits YCP following the submission of the revised Self Study