Selected Topics Self-Study - Middle States Commission on Higher

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Team Report Template for Selected Topics Self-Studies
I. Context and Nature of the Visit
institutional overview
scope of institution at the time of the evaluation (information drawn from the
“Statement of
Accreditation Status”), including:
 degree level(s) (Note: include certificate/diploma programs)
 branch campuses (Note: all must be visited)
 additional locations (Mark with “*” those that were visited)
 distance education (List programs for which 50% or more is offered via DL)
 other (e.g., contractual arrangements, consortia, etc.)
 self-study process and report (self-study design/model, level of participation)
II. Affirmation of Continued Compliance with Requirements of Affiliation
Based on a review of the self-study, interviews, the certification statement supplied
by the institution and/or other institutional documents, the team affirms that the
institution continues to meet the requirements of affiliation in Characteristics of
Excellence in Higher Education.
(The certification statement should have been included with the executive summary
of the
If the institution continues to meet the requirements of affiliation, no further details
are necessary. If the team cannot affirm continued compliance with the requirements
of affiliation, specific details must be provided.
III. Compliance with Federal Requirements; Issues Relative to State Regulatory
or Other Accrediting Agency Requirements
Based on a review of the self-study, certification by the institution and other
institutional documents, and interviews, the team affirms that the institution’s Title
IV cohort default rate is within federal limits or that the institution has an acceptable
Team Report Template: Selected Topics Self-Studies
plan in place to address federal compliance issues. In addition, the team must affirm
the institution’s compliance with the relevant requirements under the Higher
Education Opportunity Act of 2008 such as those on distance education and transfer
of credit. If the team cannot affirm compliance with these federal requirements,
specific details must be provided.
If the team is aware of any issues relative to state regulatory requirements or the
institution’s status with other (e.g., programmatic) accrediting organizations, those
issues should be noted here.
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Team Report Template: Selected Topics Self-Studies
IV. Evaluation Overview
Within this narrative section, the team should provide an overview of its evaluation
and analysis, including noteworthy areas of progress or improvement, as well as
institutional aspects worthy of commendation. This evaluation overview should
reflect and be consistent with the details provided in section V of the report.
V. Compliance with Accreditation Standards
The format in this section (including subparts A, B, and C) should follow the structure of the
but it takes into account the “documentation roadmap” developed by the institution for its
selected topics self-study, noting what is covered in the document review and what is
addressed by the self-study in part or fully.
This section of the team report usually will follow the organizational structure of the
institution’s self-study (e.g., related standards often are grouped together rather than being
addressed as separate standards). However, there must be clear designation of how the
standards align with the team report format.
VI. Summary Recommendations Requiring Follow-Up Action and Requirements
Frame each recommendation for follow-up or requirement by first quoting in full the related
accreditation standard. Then present the specific team recommendation or requirement.
This summary forms the basis for the accreditation action that the team is recommending to
the Commission. It does not include the team’s suggestions or recommendations that will be
routinely addressed in the Periodic Review Report.
Excerpt: Team Visits (2006, pp. 45-48)