A team of academics and administrators from seven peer institutions will be on campus March 25 to 28 to talk to GW faculty, students, and administrative staff.
The visit represents the beginning of the final phase of the university’s reaccreditation process by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The accreditation ensures that GW is meeting standards for colleges and universities set by Middle States and the federal government.
The team, led by Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh, will assess whether GW’s comprehensive self-study accords with its findings on campus. On March 28, the team will provide a summary of its preliminary findings at an event open to the university community at 10 a.m. in Marvin Center 405.
“The site visit is a critical component of the accreditation process,” said Paul Duff, professor of religion and co-chair of the self-study steering committee. “It enables Middle States to verify that the university is living up to its academic mission and is committed to continuous improvement.”
GW’s self-study, which was submitted to Middle States in December, examines progress on a range of criteria, including advancing the GW’s mission, ensuring excellence in teaching and scholarship, assessment of the student learning experience and ensuring that planning, processes, resources and structures are aligned and sufficient to achieve the university’s missions and goals.
The self-study was conducted by a 19-member steering committee, led by Dr. Duff and Cheryl Beil, associate provost for academic planning and assessment, and eight working groups comprising representatives from the university’s 10 schools.
Middle States is expected to make a determination on GW’s accreditation this summer.