MSCHE Spring 2020 Workshop Series

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is pleased to present its Spring 2020 Workshop Series. The six workshops focus on important topics that provide an opportunity for MSCHE to share information intended to influence institutional planning, assessment, and improvement as well as support accreditation activities. In this series, MSCHE is proud to collaborate with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE). The workshops bring to our members expertise from these organizational partners and the MSCHE staff and representatives from our member institutions.  The registration for the Spring 2020 Workshop Series is open to the public.  We invite you to explore each of the six workshops and register today.

Questions about the workshop series? Email training@msche.org.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
Finding Prosperity: Long-Term Strategic Partnerships and Private System Affiliations

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Assessment Conversation

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
From Assessment to Planning (and Back) – Demonstrating and Documenting the Use of Assessment Results

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
From Assessment to Planning (and Back) – Demonstrating and Documenting the Use of Assessment Results

Monday, May 4, 2020
Kick Start Your Self-Study: Incorporating Institutional Priorities and Opening the Conversation about Self-Study

Thursday, June 11, 2020 (two identical half-day workshops)
Federal Regulations and Changes to MSCHE Policies and Procedures


Finding Prosperity: Long-Term Strategic Partnerships and Private System Affiliations

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

There are no one-size-fits-all strategies for colleges and universities. Each institution has their own unique strengths and challenges. Developing your situational assessment, understanding the industry trends and their potential impacts, as well as the critical actions and decision points for your institution, can help develop a universe of options and ultimately assist your institution in identifying an appropriate long-term strategy for sustainability and prosperity. Collaborating with your regional accreditor can help support institutional efforts toward strategic partnerships and affiliations.

Registration and Fee
Registration Closes Feb. 13, 2020 (Free)

This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).

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The Assessment Conversation

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Notary Hotel
21 N. Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This workshop will employ the Train the Trainer model to teach attendees how to engage in effective assessment conversations, document the findings, and align them with MSCHE and your own institutional standards of excellence. Participants will learn and practice the unique approach to data collection while working with faculty, staff, and senior administrators. They will learn how to report on the data gathered and engage in reflective analysis to determine opportunities for further improvement. The ultimate goal is to engage the entire campus community in the process of continuously identifying strengths and weaknesses and help every person and department see how their work contributes to meeting the rigorous and comprehensive standards of your accreditor, and your own institution’s mission.

Registration and Fees
Early Bird: Jan. 10 to Feb. 14, 2020 ($375)
Regular Registration: Feb. 15 to March 4, 2020 ($425)

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From Assessment to Planning (and Back) – Demonstrating and Documenting the Use of Assessment Results

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.*

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino
200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, 00907, Puerto Rico

Through the lens of Standards V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and VI (Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement), this workshop will present strategies for using assessment results for long-range planning and resource allocation. Additionally, the workshop will focus on the use of assessment results for the continuous improvement of academic and non-academic programs and units, and as a mechanism for spurring innovative initiatives.

Registration and Fee
Registration: Jan. 10 to March 6, 2020 | Town Hall: Free; Workshop: $125

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*This workshop is being presented in the afternoon of the Town Hall. Registration/attendance for the Town Hall is not required to register for the Workshop.

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From Assessment to Planning (and Back) – Demonstrating and Documenting the Use of Assessment Results

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.*

The Westin Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Through the lens of Standards V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and VI (Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement), this workshop will present strategies for using assessment results for long-range planning and resource allocation. Additionally, the workshop will focus on the use of assessment results for the continuous improvement of academic and non-academic programs and units, and as a mechanism for spurring innovative initiatives.

Registration and Fee
Registration: Jan. 10 to March 23, 2020 | Town Hall: Free; Workshop: $125

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*This workshop is being presented in the afternoon of the Town Hall. Registration/attendance for the Town Hall is not required to register for the Workshop.

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Kick Start Your Self-Study: Incorporating Institutional Priorities and Opening the Conversation about Self-Study

Monday, May 4, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sheraton University City Hotel
3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Considering the dynamic changes in accreditation and higher education, you may be curious about the Commission’s expectations for self-study and how best to prepare in the context of other planning and assessment activities already underway at your institution. This workshop will provide an opportunity for reflection, practical exercises, and peer perspectives to help frame your self-study process for maximum benefit. Topics to be discussed include understanding the self-study process, identifying institutional priorities, taking the temperature for focused preparation on campus, and engaging stakeholders in creating value for the institution from the self-study process. This workshop does not replace the Self-Study Institute which is a required workshop for institutions to attend 2- to 2.5-years prior to a Self-Study Evaluation and On-Site Evaluation Visit.

Registration and Fees
Early Bird: Jan. 10 to March 23, 2020 ($375)
Regular Registration: March 24 to April 24, 2020 ($425)

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Federal Regulations and Changes to MSCHE Policies and Procedures

Thursday, June 11, 2020
9 a.m. to Noon OR 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.*

The Study
20 S. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

On November 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published new regulations following a formal negotiated rulemaking process that focused on accreditation and innovation in higher education. Join MSCHE staff for a discussion on the federal regulations that take effect July 1, 2020. Staff will address the impact on MSCHE policies and procedures and how these may affect accreditation processes and expectations of member institutions. These rules are the first to be published by the USDE in more than a decade and allow greater flexibility in accreditors’ oversight of member institutions in order to facilitate agility and responsiveness for innovation.

Registration and Fees
Early Bird: Jan. 10 to April 30 ($175)
Regular Registration: May 1 to June 5 ($225)

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*This session will repeat in the afternoon.

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