What is accreditation and why is it important? Accreditation is a process that provides assurance to the public that a college or university meets established quality standards and other requirements. It is also a requirement for the University to participate in the Department of Education’s Title IV federal financial aid program.
What is a Self-Study? This in-depth institutional self-study occurs every eight years. Peer reviewers conduct an on-site evaluation to assess La Salle’s complains with Middle States standards and requirements of affiliation, verify complains with accreditation-relevant federal regulations, and identify areas needing improvement. La Salle’s last self-study occurred in 2016, and the next is currently underway.
How does the Self-Study process work? Eight Working Groups (representing each of the seven Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation) are comprised of both faculty and staff members, and headed by two co-chairs. Members of the Working Groups may be contacting you in the coming months to ask for information, or to ask that you participate in a meeting. The various Working Group reports will form the basis of a self-study report that will be sent to the peer evaluators who will conduct our evaluation. There will be time for the campus community to review the draft report before it is finalized, and you will receive regular updates during the self-study process.
How can I get involved? It is important for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to work together to make this opportunity for refection, growth and improvement meaningful to the University community. The full self-study process runs through Spring 2025, but volunteer commitments can be short or long-term. Reach out to the Self-Study Co-Chairs to get involved!