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Using the Interregional Guidelines for Evaluation of Distance Education for Program and Accreditation Review

April 24, 2017 - Courtyard by Marriott - Philadelphia Downtown - Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Skyline · Photo by Bob Krist - Courtesy of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.


About the Workshop

This workshop will review the Interregional Guidelines  and match each to the "new" Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. Participants will explore what analysis and evidence is sought to demonstrate each Hallmark and how to acquire the necessary information within their own institutions to demonstrate compliance. The workshop will also explore ways in which the Guidelines can be useful within one’s own institution for program analysis and review. Participants who are current MSCHE reviewers of institutions or those within institutions undergoing current or planned MSCHE review will find this a particularly useful workshop, but anyone who is responsible for the design and development of distance education (online learning) at their institution will find this of use. Additionally, any institution planning on joining NC-SARA will find that compliance with these Guidelines is a requirement for certification and can make preparations to address the needs within their own institutions to get ready.

Learning Outcomes:

•Interpret the Hallmarks of Quality and associate each of the MSCHE Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation with these Hallmarks

•Distinquish the data elements needed to meet the Hallmarks, the Requirements of Affiliation, and the Verification of Compliance elements related to online learning (specifically the credit hour requirement)

•Analyze their own institution's ability to meet these Hallmarks

•Design a process by which their institutions can begin to collect the information necessary to meet the Hallmarks and associated MSCHE Standard and who should be involved in this process

•Determine how the Hallmarks and Standards – with specific reference to online courses and programs – help to validate the mission and vision of the institutions


Dr. Barbara G. Zirkin, Associate Dean, Distance Learning, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Stevenson University


Dr. Christina Sax, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Maryland University of Integrative Health  


7:30-8:30 A.M.                 Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 A.M. - 12 Noon         Workshop

12:00 noon - 1:00 P.M.    Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 P.M.               Workshop


Registration Closed

The registration fee includes workshop materials, a continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunch. Institutions may send more than one person to this workshop.

Early Registration
(Received on or before April 7, 2017):       $325 per person

Regular Registration
(Received April 8 - April 14, 2017):           $395 per person


NOTE: No on-site registration available.

Cancellations: To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled by April 14, 2017. A cancellation fee of $95 will be assessed, regardless of the reason for cancellation. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund. Contact MSCHE at (267) 284-5000.




Participants are responsible for their own accommodations. MSCHE has not reserved a block of rooms. For information regarding hotel reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott - Philadelphia Downtown click HERE. (Participants that need to book a room for this workshop are advised to make their reservations early. The hotel has limited availability.) The hotel is located at: 21 Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; Telephone: (267) 284-5000

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