Will Periodic Review Report Outcomes Show a Greater Emphasis on Standard 7?

Later this month, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) will make its findings related to Periodic Review Reports public. A key question will concern whether MSCHE will continue to increase its emphasis on Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment), as has been the case with the Self-Study reports.

Briefly, since 2010, Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) has been closing the gap with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) for the Standard most frequently cited for Middle States in its request for follow-up reports in 3-year moving averages. On a yearly basis, Standard 7 surpassed Standard 14 for the first time following the June 27 meeting of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Standard 7 was cited in 70% of all requests for follow-up reports.

There has been greater stability with respect to the Periodic Review Reports, so the 2013 outcomes could provide important insight as to whether there has been a broader shift in emphasis as opposed to a narrower change in focus on the more rigorous Self-Study Reports. Below are the three-year moving averages for the 2010 through 2013 cycles:





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