Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Self-Study Institute

October 31 - November 1, 2016 - DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City - Philadelphia, PA



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


About the Institute

The Self-Study Institute is a two-day program, sponsored by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, for representatives from institutions within the Middle States region that are designing either their first or their decennial self-study in preparation for review in 2018-2019.


Institutions in the Middle States region that are scheduled for review in the 2018–2019 academic year are invited to send two representatives to the 2016 Self-Study Institute. The chair or co-chairs of an institution’s self-study steering committee should be among the representatives at the Institute. If that is not possible, institutions should send people who either will be self-study leaders at some level or will be the ones to identify the self-study leaders.

Preliminary Agenda & Schedule

The 2016 Self-Study Institute will focus on the use of the 2014 Standards for Accreditation in the self-study process, the initial planning stages of the self-study, and prepairing for the prep visit. This year’s Self-Study Institute will feature participants from the Collaborative Implementation Project who will share their self-study experiences with the revised Standards and how that has changed. During the Institute, there will be time for your representatives to meet with the MSCHE vice president who serves as liaison to your institution.

Monday, October 31, 2016

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration / Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sessions
12:00  - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sessions
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Reception

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Sessions
2:30 p.m. Adjourn

Please contact Erika Swain, Director for Training, at eswain@msche.org if you have any questions about the day's agenda.

Study Materials

Materials will be provided to participants in advance of the Self-Study Institute.  In addition, participants should take the time to read and review the revised Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation booklet.  Presenters, facilitators, and participants will refer to this, along with other materials that will be made available at a later date.

Registration Information - Registration Closed

Registration for the Institute is by invitation only. Each eligible institution is guaranteed two seats in the Institute. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must register on-line and use the registration code provided with the invitation materials. All payments must be by credit card. Checks and purchase orders cannot be accepted. The deadline for registration is September 30, 2016. You will recieve advanced reading materials prior to the Institute.


The fee for each representative from an institution is $600 per person, which includes presentations, discussions, materials, and meals. Travel and accommodations are the responsibility of participants. NOTE: No on-site registration available.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received no later than October 7, 2016, to qualify for a refund, less a $95.00 processing fee.



A room block has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City. Room rates at the DoubleTree are $205 single or double, plus local taxes and fees. Reservations must be made before September 30, 2016. Reservations made after that date will be on a space-and rate-available basis.

Participants may reserve a room online by clicking HERE.

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