2020–23 Middle States Self-Study Process

Lebanon Valley College is in the initial phases of the self-study process for institutional reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, commonly referred to as MSCHE. The process will conclude with a MSCHE team visit during the Spring 2023 semester. 

Please visit these pages regularly for updates. 

About the MSCHE

The Mid-Atlantic Region Commission on Higher Education, doing business as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), was formally incorporated under Pennsylvania Commonwealth law on March 1, 2013. From its origins in 1919 through February 2013, the Commission was a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is now an independent corporation.

The Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.

The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.

About LVC’s MSCHE Self-Study

As LVC’s institutional accreditor, the MSCHE requires all member institutions to undergo a rigorous self-study examination every eight years. The College began the first phase of the current process in fall 2020, and will submit its final draft report to the Commission in fall 2022.

The process is an important, community-wide undertaking to help LVC identify strengths and uncover areas where it needs to do better. Ultimately, the work leads to continuous self-improvement, and engages students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, community members, and friends in a collaborative and transparent final report.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate how the institution currently meets the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation
  2. Focus on continuous improvement in the attainment of the institution’s mission and its institutional priorities
  3. Engage the institutional community in an inclusive and transparent self-appraisal process that actively and deliberately seeks to involve members from all areas of the institutional community
  4. Complement and support our strategic planning process
  5. Develop a shared understanding across the campus community regarding institutional priorities and strategies leading to continuous improvement

Institutional Priorities

  1. Strengthen student enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates.  
  2. Ensure that all academic programs (graduate and undergraduate) are of high quality, meet current market demand, and are responsive to regional needs. 
  3. Provide co-curricular programming that advances student growth and development.
  4. Develop a campus culture of inclusive excellence. 
  5. Provide services that are attentive and student-centered. 

Feedback

The LVC Middle States Accreditation Executive Steering Committee and working groups welcome comments, feedback, and suggestions at any time during the process. Please complete this short form to share your feedback, comments, and suggestions.

Steering Committee & Working Groups

Executive Steering Committee

Dr. James M. MacLaren, President

Rick Beard, Director of Athletics

Dr. Monica Cowart, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Shawn Curtin, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Dr. Laura Eldred, Assistant Dean and Director of Constellation LVC; Director of the Honors Program

Dr. Marc Harris, Dean of the Faculty and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Ann Hayes, Senior Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator

Amy Lintz, Executive Assistant to the President

Dr. Bob Mikus, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Molly O’Brien-Foelsch, Chief Communications Officer

Dave Shapiro, Senior Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Dr. Susan Tammaro, Associate Provost

Matthew Weaver, Vice President of Advancement and Secretary of the College

Ed Wright, Vice President of Enrollment Management

Dr. Ken Yarnall, Chair and Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Members

Jasmine Bucher, Director of Educational Technology

Dr. Eva Frank, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Dr. Claudia Gazsi, Chair of Exercise Science and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Tom Hanrahan, Director of Campus Communications

Jen Liedtka, Service and Volunteerism Coordinator

Dr. Lou Manza, Chair and Professor of Psychology

Jeremy Maisto, Associate Dean of Academic Success and Registrar

Dr. Renee Norris, Professor of Music

Dr. Katie Oriel, Professor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Wally Patton, Chair of Chemistry and Physics

Jill Russell, Director of Global Education

Dave Shapiro, Senior Director of IT and CIO

Dr. Erica Unger, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Neuroscience

Matt Weaver, Vice President of Advancement and Secretary of the College 

Working Groups

Group 1: Mission and Goals

Co-Chairs—Dr. Eva Frank, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training, and  Jen Liedtka, Service and Volunteerism Coordinator

Members—Sue Jones, Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement; Dr. Grant Taylor, Professor of Art & Art History; Hilary Yoh, Assistant Director of Admission; and Carol Brashear, Physical Therapy Department Assistant

Group 2: Ethics and Integrity

Co-Chairs—Dr. Erica Unger, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Neuroscience, and Dr. Tom Hanrahan, Director of Campus Communications 

Members—Becky Hearsey, Assistant Director of Alumni and College Relations; Rachel Brunner, Associate Director of HR, Benefits and HRIS; Jani Mitchell, Junior Financial Analyst; Dr. Chris Dolan, Professor of Political Science; and Dr. Stan Dacko, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Group 3: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

Co-Chairs—Dr. Claudia Gazsi, Chair of Exercise Science and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and Jasmine Bucher, Director of Educational Technology

Members—Sarah Bartz, Director of Academic Success; Mike Zeigler, Director of Client Services; Donna Griffith, Director of Graduate and Professional Studies; Dr. Alan Walker, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science; Dr. Lindsey Koch, Assistant Professor of Education; and Dr. M.J. Bishop, Trustee

Group 4: Support of the Student Experience

Co-Chairs—Jill Russell, Director of Global Education, and Dr. Wally Patton, Chair of Chemistry and Physics

Members—Dr. John Hinshaw, Professor of History; Dr. Michael Lehr, Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy; Beth Julian, Assistant Dean of Student Success and Retention; Mary Gardner, Aquatics Director and Head Swim Coach; Kendra Feigert, Director of Financial Aid;  E.J. Smith, Associate Director of Admission and Recruitment; Jen Evans, Director of Student Engagement; Dr. Deanna Dodson, Professor of Psychology; and Dr. Kimberlee Josephson, Associate Dean of Bren Center for Graduate Success & Associate Professor of Business Administration

Group 5: Effectiveness Assessment

Co-Chairs—Dr. Lou Manza, Chair and Professor of Psychology, and Jeremy Maisto, Associate Dean of Academic Success and Registrar

Members—Jason Gamble, Director of Enterprise Information Systems; Natalia Smith, Breen Center Assistant; Melissa Byler, Director of LVC Sports Center; Dr. Jeff Laferriere, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Secondary Education; and Dr. Tim Peelen, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Group 6: Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement

Co-Chairs—Dr. Katie Oriel, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Dave Shapiro, Senior Director of IT and CIO

Members—Heidi Deitz, Academic Records Coordinator; Mike Mumper, Director of Facilities Management; Brynn Mason, Director of the Breen Center; Joe Martellaro, Director of Gift Planning; Wendy Albert, Sr. Director of Finance and Chief Budget Officer; Serena Stauffer. Application Records Coordinator; Brent Oberholtzer, Director of Public Safety; Dr. Stephanie Blanda, Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science; and Joe Rilatt, Trustee

Group 7: Governance, Leadership and Administration

Co-Chairs—Dr. Renee Norris, Professor of Music, and Matt Weaver, Vice President of Advancement and Secretary of the College

Members—Andrea Haldeman, Advancements and Stewardship Coordinator; Alisa Grove, IT Business Operations Manager; Stacey Hollinger  Associate  Director of Athletics, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Senior Women’s Administrator; Dr. Chris Heffner,  Associate Professor of Music and Director of The Pride of the Valley Marching Band; and Elyse Rogers, Trustee