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Institutional Effectiveness & Certification
Director: Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi, Ph.DCollege Hall 410
(202) 559-5370 (videophone)
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and
the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It conducts accreditation activities and reviews
for colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. MSCHE is one of six institutional accrediting
agencies for higher education in the United States.
All MSCHE member institutions are peer-reviewed in order to ensure that all stakeholders receive
excellence in education. Accreditation considers the institution as a whole rather than as piecemeal.
Gallaudet University has been a proud member of MSCHE since 1957. We work closely with MSCHE, and our
collaboration with MSCHE is a way to ensure accreditation of Gallaudet University. The accreditation
process is motivated by the fundamental desire to ensure that your Gallaudet experience is driven by
best practices in higher education.
President Roberta J. Cordano sent a bilingual message to the campus community, “Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-study” where she explains the purpose of the upcoming Self-Study and where to find more information.
February 22, 2021
Dr. Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi reached out to individuals identified for their areas of expertise to serve as members of the MSCHE Self-Study Steering Committee. These individuals also attended the MSCHE Self-Study Institute in Fall of 2020 and are prepared for the reaffirmation of accreditation process. These individuals are also chairs of Standard-based Working Groups.
April 21 - 23, 2021
Dr. Sean McKitrick, the MSCHE Vice President and liaison to Gallaudet University conducted a virtual visit. The purpose of Dr. McKitrick’s interaction with various stakeholders at Gallaudet is to help prepare the institution to conduct a useful self-study and host a successful On-Site Evaluation Team Visit.
May 12, 2021
The Self-Study Co-Chairs, Dr. Crystal Harris and Dr. William Ennis along with Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi worked with each Steering Committee to form their Standards-based Working Groups.
May - June 2021
The Self-Study Design was submitted to MSCHE on June 21, 2021 and accepted with full endorsement by Dr. McKitrick.
Dr. Harris, Dr. Ennis, and Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi worked with the Standards-based Working Group chair or co-chair in identifying membership and extended invitations to each individual.
Dr. Harris, Dr. Ennis, Dr. Kobek Pezzarossi and Dr. Lindsay Buchko drafted guiding questions in lieu of a “charge.” Each Working Group was asked to modify and update according to their Standard focus.
May - July 31, 2021
In lieu of a Working Group orientation, the Steering Committee was gathered to discuss next steps and how to orient their Working Group.
Professional Development Week, August 16-20, 2021
Working Groups began their first meetings in September 2021.
Week of August 23, 2021
August 30, 2021 - November 5, 2021
November 8, 2021
Weekly: November 15 - December 20, 2021
January 10 - 14, 2022
January 18 - January 21, 2022
Weekly: January 18 - February 11, 2022
February 28, 2021
Weekly: March 1 - April 1, 2022
April 4, 2022
Weekly:April 5 - May 6, 2022
May 9, 2022
May 16, 2022
June - July 2022
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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