Letter to the Editor: President Whitney Releases Statement on Accreditation
Clarion University President Karen Whitney has released the following statement regarding the university’s accreditation.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting body for institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania, has notified Clarion University that its institutional accreditation has been reaffirmed through 2022, following submission of a report that detailed the culture of assessment that was created as a result of the university’s reaccreditation self-study.
Receiving full accreditation by the commission is great news! It is like receiving the Good Housekeeping Seal and is a reflection of our continued commitment to quality learning and achievement on the part of our outstanding faculty and staff.
To be fully accredited the university underwent a multi-year process that included the completion of a comprehensive self-study in 2012; two additional studies that focused on assessment, learning and our core curriculum; and a site visit by a team of faculty and staff from other accredited universities.
The faculty, staff and leadership at Clarion have used the accreditation process as an opportunity to learn and improve. The 12 accreditation standards that we are expected to meet have been very helpful in guiding our teaching, learning and civic engagement efforts as a public university.
Clarion is a PASSHE leader in the number of specialized accreditations held by academic programs and places great value on each accreditation as a quality indicator of its academic programs.
I thank Dr. Colleen McAleer and Dr. Todd Pfannestiel for their leadership roles in this initiative, and everyone – faculty, staff and students – who participated in the process of creating a campus-wide culture of assessment.
Dr. Karen M. Whitney, President
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
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