Middle States Accreditation
Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Cheyney University Reaffirmation of Accreditation Preparations
Cheyney University is preparing for the upcoming reaffirmation visit by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The University has put in place the needed resources and personnel to ensure a successful re-affirmation of accreditation. Our Self Study report is due in Fall 2013 and will be followed by the on-site review scheduled for Spring 2014.
Dr. Tamara Hollins, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Sesime Adanu, Director of Institutional Research, were selected to co-chair the reaffirmation of accreditation process. Following Dr. Tamara Hollins decision to step down from the co-chair position at the end of the Fall 2012 semester, the faculty Union appointed Dr. Lynn H. Green, Associate Professor of Sociology, to transition into this role effective Spring 2013. Further to assist with the accreditation and continuous improvement efforts of the institution, Shayla Moore Prince was recruited as the University’s Coordinator for Accreditation and Continuous Improvement and began work in November 2012.
To date, the University has made significant progress in preparation for our review. This past summer, the co-chairs, Drs. Hollins and Adanu, in consultation with the Provost developed the Self-study design, which was approved by Middle States Vice President Dr. Mary Ellen Petrisko. The University will use the Comprehensive Model Self Study with an emphasis on student retention.
University President, Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital, appointed a Steering Committee to lead and provide meaningful input for the re-accreditation process. The Steering Committee deployed four working groups comprised of faculty, staff and administrators to help with the development of the University’s response to the MSCHE 14 standards of excellence. This Fall, the working groups have undertaken the process of completing a reflective audit of the University in each area and prepared a draft of their findings that is due to the Steering Committee at the end of the semester. Following this the Steering Committee will review the findings and provide a response to each working group that will help in the development of the self-study report.
Below is a list of the membership for the Steering Committee and Working Groups.
Steering Committee Members:
Sesime Adanu, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Director of Institutional Research
Adedoyin Adeyiga, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Director of NSF grant "Building Excellence and Access through Research"
Bernadette Carter, Ed.D., Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Christopher Barnes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Vanessa Brantley, Ph.D., Coordinator, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing
Bradley Buchner, Ph.D., Department Chair of Social & Behavioral Science
Eric Coney, Student, SGA Legislator
Marietta D'Antonio Madsen, M.S., Department Chair of Humanities & Communication Arts
Norma George, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
Ahn-yea Graham, SGA President
Lynn H. Green, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology
Eric Hilton, Ph.D., Director of Enrollment Management
Layna Holmes-Butler, CPA, Controller
Nancy L. Jones, M.Div., M.A., Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Tara Kent, Ph.D., Dean, Keystone Honors Academy
Shayla Moore Prince, Coordinator for Accreditation and Continuous Improvement
Donna Parker, Ed.D., Dean of the Faculty and Academic Schools
Jolly Ramakrishnan, M.A., Department Chair of Guidance & Counseling and Director of Act 101
Erika Shehata, Institutional Research Analyst
Brenda Shields, Registrar
Dr. Edward Tomezsko, Council of Trustees, Chancellor Emeritus, Penn State Brandywine
Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President
Robin Williams, Ed.D., Executive Director of University College