Middle States Commission on Higher Education



December 7-9, 2016 • Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel



About the Conference

Join your colleagues in Philadelphia - our nation's birthplace - for the 2016 Annual Conference of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

As the Commission moves toward the full implementation of its new accreditation standards, works with member institutions on the details of new accreditation processes and a new accreditation cycle, and faces a changing higher education regulatory landscape in Washington, this year's annual Conference provides member institutions with an invaluable opportunity to learn about the challenges they will face.

The pre-conference workshops and the conference's concurrent sessions will examine such issues as assessment, strategic planning, budgeting, governance, the self-study process, substantive change, compliance with federal regulations, and much more. Among the concurrent sessions will be presentations by institutions that have been involved in the Commission's Collaborative Implementation Project, piloting the new accreditation standards as they develop their self-studies. The Annual Conference will include four plenary sessions, including one that will provide a detailed update on the Commission's planned process and cycle changes.

See you in Philadelphia!

2016 Annual Conference Planning Committee

KJ Fitzpatrick, MSCHE Director for
Conferences and Educational Programs
Victoria Clark, MSCHE Assistant Director for Conferences and Educational Programs
Richard J. Pokrass, MSCHE Director for Communications and Public Relations

Program Committee/Reviewers
Bronte Burleigh-Jones, Chair; MSCHE Commissioner; and Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dickinson College

Barbara Samuel Loftus, Vice President of Planning, Misericordia University
Andrea A. Lex, MSCHE Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff
Debra G. Klinman and Heather F. Perfetti, MSCHE Vice Presidents


Preliminary Program

Preliminary Program - Full Printed Version
Click HERE to download pdf version of the Preliminary Program.

Program at a Glance
Click HERE to download pdf version of the program chart.

Pre-conference Workshops
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (Click HERE for information.)

Conference Program
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (Click HERE for information.)
Thursday, December 8, 2016 (Click HERE for information.)
Friday, December 9, 2016 (Click HERE for information.)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education encourages meaningful and constructive dialogue as well as respectful conduct among attendees at the MSCHE Annual Conference. The contents of all presentations are developed by the individual speakers. With the exception of Commission staff presenters, MSCHE neither implies its endorsement nor support of the comments of individual presenters. All conference functions are subject to change and/or cancellation due to circumstances beyond the control of the Commission. Individual recording (audio or visual) of conference presentations is strictly prohibited.

Conference Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall is a popular place to explore the new products and services offered by participating companies, and to network with professional peers. In addition to exhibits, the hall will feature continental breakfast on Thursday and Friday (December 8 and 9), and a box lunch on Thursday (December 8) for all registered conference attendees.

Exhibit Schedule

Wednesday, December 7
Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception · 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 8
Exhibit Hall Open · 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall · 7:30 - 8:45 am 
Box Lunch with Exhibitors · 12:00 - 1:30 pm (box lunches available for pickup until 1:00 pm)

Friday, December 9
Exhibit Hall Open · 7:30 - 11:30 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
· 7:30 - 8:45 am


This year's MSCHE Booth will contain a selection of books on assessment, governance, and online teaching. In addition, there will be MSCHE publications available for purchase. Stop by, browse, and select your favorites. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express will be accepted for all purchases. Also available will be free brochures on Philadelphia cultural and historical attractions, transit information, and the newly updated MSCHE Philadelphia Restaurant and Transportation Guide.

Alphabetical List of Current Exhibitors with Links to Exhibitor Websites
(The Middle States Commission on Higher Education neither endorses nor recommends the products or services of any exhibitor.)

ETS (Gold Level Exhibit Sponsor - Conference Registration Bags)

TK20, Inc (Gold Level Exhibit Sponsor - Conference Lanyards)

LiveText (Bronze Level Exhibit Sponsor - Thursday's Box Lunch)

ACBSP - Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs
Campus Labs

Digital Measures

IASystem - University of Washington
InsideTrack, Inc
Invoke Higher Education
Keypath Education

Strategic Planning Online
The Learning House, Inc
Vcamp 360

Widener University Delaware Law School

Worldwide Instructional Design System - WIDS

Potential Exhibitors - Please note that the exhibit hall is sold out!

Conference Registration & Fees


Save $80 off the on-site registration fee!

Must register on or before
November 4, 2016.

On-Site Registration

After November 4, 2016
Only on-site Registration Available.


$635 $715



Unless otherwise noted, the registration fee includes all sessions, exhibits, welcome reception, continental breakfasts with exhibitors, Thursday's box lunch, and complimentary Wi-Fi on meeting room floors. (Pre-conference workshops require additional fees (see below), and are only available for registration during the "Early Registration" period. On-site registration for Pre-conference workshops will not be available.) All registrations must be completed online with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express only). Checks and purchase orders are not accepted. Badges and conference materials will be held for attendees' arrival at the conference.

Pre-Conference Workshop Information & Fees

Five pre-conference workshops are offered during this year's meeting. Each workshop has a maximum attendance, so early registration is encouraged. All workshops are separately ticketed events and require fees in addition to the full conference registration. Workshops are only available for registration during the "Early Discount" registration period. On-site registration for pre-conference workshops will not be available. Click HERE for descriptions of pre-conference workshops.

Full-day Workshops
W-1: Assessing Our Assessment - How Are We Doing? - WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

$235 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks.

W-2: Building Capacity in Order to Integrate Accreditation Processes into College Functions
$235 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks. - WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

W-3: Role and Responsibilities of the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) - WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT
$235 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks.

Half-day Workshops
W-4: Self-Study: Writing the Report and Preparing for the Team - WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT
$125 -- Fee includes refreshment break. Note: Lunch NOT included.

W-5: Supporting the Student Experience: Using Effective Planning and Resource Allocation to Align Institutional Mission, Goals, and General Education Outcomes in Student Services
$125 -- Fee includes refreshment break. Note: Lunch NOT included.


If you need to modify or cancel your registration, please click HERE. You will need your confirmation number and the e-mail address used when making the original registration.

To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled online by November 4, 2016. A cancellation fee of $135 will be assessed, regardless of reason for the cancellation. Annual Conference "no shows" are not entitled to a refund. To qualify for a pre-conference workshop refund, registrants must cancel online by November 4, 2016. A cancellation fee of $75 will be assessed for full-day workshops and $45 for half-day workshops, regardless of reason for the cancellation.

On-Site Registration
On-site registration will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel (MSCHE Registration Desk) during the following hours: Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 am - 6:30 pm; Thursday, December 8, 7:00 am - 4:30 pm; and Friday, December 9, 7:00 am - 11:30 am.

Throughout the conference, MSCHE will be photographing various events and activities. These photos may be used in future Commission newsletters, promotional materials for other MSCHE-sponsored conferences and workshops, and other MSCHE publications, both in print and electronic. By registering, attending, or participating in the MSCHE Annual Conference, all attendees consent to be photographed and/or videotaped and to allow the Commission to use such images for promotional and informational purposes.


Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel
The 2016 MSCHE Annual Conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The hotel commands a towering presence in the heart of America's original capital city. Surrounded by rich revolutionary history and culture, guests at this Center City hotel enjoy close proximity to historic attractions. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center are a short walk, cab, or bus ride away. Some of Philadelphia's finest restaurants are located within walking distance of the hotel. Also nearby are many of the city's top shopping and entertainment venues. The hotel is ideal for travelers, with its close proximity to various modes of transportation, including air, rail, bus, and automobile.

Conference Rate
$214 per night plus applicable taxes (single or double occupancy). All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations must be canceled at least 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a fee equal to one night's room and tax. Limited on-site valet parking is available for an additional fee.

Make Your Reservation
Online reservations click HERE.
Telephone reservations call 877-901-6632To receive the conference rate, you must indicate that you are attending the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Conference.

Reservations are made on a space and type-available basis. The hotel will hold the room block until November 4, 2016 or until the block is sold out - whichever comes first. After this date, any remaining unreserved rooms in the MSCHE room block will be released for general sale to the public on a space and rate-available basis. (Please do not make duplicate reservations in order to hold rooms. Doing so removes rooms from the group block and limits the availability of rooms for other attendees. Please finalize your reservation early and cancel any unneeded room nights as soon as possible. This will allow others the opportunity to stay at the conference hotel.)

Note that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education only contracts hotel services for the 2016 Annual Conference through the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel. No other company is authorized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to provide hotel reservations for this meeting. MSCHE is not connected in any way with other companies claiming to represent or provide hotel services for the organization.

Hotel Photos: Courtesy of Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel.


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