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Self-Study Design - Felician University

 Self-Study Design

Submitted to Dr. Christy Faison

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

March 9, 2018

 

Table of Contents

 

Table of Contents 2

INTRODUCTION. 3

Felician University Mission Statement 5

Vision Statement 5

Felician Franciscan Values. 5

INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE SELF-STUDY. 6

INTENDED OUTCOMES OF THE SELF-STUDY. 7

SELF-STUDY APPROACH. 7

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUPS. 9

GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING AND CHARGES TO THE STEERING COMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUPS. 12

Suggested Methodology. 19

Suggested Resources 20

ORGANIZATION OF THE FINAL SELF-STUDY REPORT. 22

VERIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE STRATEGY. 23

EVIDENCE INVENTORY. 23

TIMETABLE FOR THE SELF-STUDY. 24

COMMUNICATION PLAN. 26

PROFILE OF THE VISITING EVALUATION TEAM.. 29

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Felician

University began as Immaculate Conception Normal School for Felician Sisters in 1923. In 1963 the School received New Jersey State approval for Immaculate Conception Junior College and in 1964 the Sisters opened the institution to laywomen. One year later, one of the first Associate Degree Nursing Programs in New Jersey was established at the 27–acre Lodi Campus, and, in 1967 the New Jersey Department of Education authorized Immaculate Conception to offer a four-year Program in Elementary Education under its new name, Felician College. In 1969 two newly constructed facilities, a Library, and a theater-administration-classroom building were dedicated. Between 1969 and 1986 the State of New Jersey authorized Felician to grant an Associate in Arts Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and Baccalaureate Degrees in Special Education, Liberal Arts, and Upper Division Nursing. Felician College first granted entry to male students in 1986.

After 1986, Felician expanded its offerings to include 4–year degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Mathematics with P-12 Certification, Management and Marketing, Early Childhood, Communication Arts, Philosophy, several joint baccalaureate programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and a joint Baccalaureate to Doctoral Degree Program in Physical Therapy with the University of Medicine and Dentistry at Rutgers.  Felician College also constructed a Center for Child Care and a simulated Nursing Skills Laboratory in 1987.

In 1994, Felician University renovated 48,000 square feet of convent space henceforth known as Kirby Hall to house a Center for Learning, Physics, Chemistry and Communication Arts laboratories, classrooms, and offices.  In 1995, the New Jersey Commission of Higher Education approved a Felician College change in mission to include the introduction of Graduate Programs. Shortly thereafter Felician introduced graduate programs in Nursing, Teacher Education and Religious Education.  

In 1997 Felician purchased the Fairleigh Dickinson University Rutherford Campus, a 12-acre complex to provide housing for 480 students in two large resident halls, an athletic facility, a convent for the Felician Sisters, a facility for hosting President’s Receptions, four academic buildings, a curriculum library, a student center, a little theater, and the Castle. In 1997 Felician also introduced an Athletic Program which now holds NCAA Division II status.  In 2000, Felician expanded its outreach to non-traditional students with the introduction of highly successful Accelerated and Fast Track Degree Programs in Business Management, Upper Division (RN to B.S.N.) Nursing, and Teacher Education.

In 2001 the first online degree program, the Master of Arts in Religious Education, was offered at Felician University.  The Office of Mission Integration was established in 2004 to promote the continuance of the Felician Franciscan identity and heritage of the University in all aspects of the collegiate experience.  In 2007, Felician’s Franciscan-Felician Center was inaugurated and in January 2008, the Division of Off Campus

Services was established to maximize educational outreach consistent with the Franciscan mission.  In 2009 Felician entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to become a Yellow Ribbon Participating Institution and to further outreach to the Veterans in Bergen County.

In 2012 Dr. Anne Prisco began as Felician’s fifth president and the University’s first secular president. During the fall of 2015, the State of New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education notified Dr. Prisco that Felician College’s petition seeking university status had been approved and Felician officially changed its name to Felician University.  Today, Felician offers more than 75 baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degree programs as well as continuing education and certificate programs.  Felician currently offers a rich selection of online courses including the first complete Catholic Religious Education Online Graduate Program offered in the United States. 

A critical component of Felician University’s history and identity is its mission-focused service. The University provides services via Workforce Education and involvement in area charter schools, mission schools, and alternative schools. In addition, many programs at Felician University require students to offer their talents to the community through service projects. The 2014-2015 academic year was a banner year when members of the Felician Community logged a total of 19,788 service hours, which were provided in its neighboring communities.

The University’s history is rooted in service to first-generation and non-traditional college students.  Felician welcomes approximately 2,400 students annually to its two main sites, the Lodi Campus and the Rutherford Campus as of the 2016-2017 academic year. As reported for the 2016-2017 academic year, ninety-two percent of the University’s students reside in New Jersey; more than 61% live in Bergen and Passaic Counties. The student population is diverse, reflecting the demographics of the region: 32% White/Non-Latino; 28% Latino; 22% African-American; 6% Asian American/Pacific Islander. Approximately 47% of the students in Felician’s traditional undergraduate population are first-generation; this includes 43.4% of all full-time students and 59.3% of all part-time students.

While Felician’s service area boasts median household incomes well in excess of the national level, the families served by the University are at the lower end of the region’s, and in many cases, the nation’s, economic spectrum: 96% of the traditional undergraduates rely on some form of financial aid, with the average aid package totaling 76% of tuition. Of those receiving financial aid, 71% are from families with incomes below the Bergen County median; 22% of this group is considered poverty-level. Additionally, about 50% of our students are Pell eligible.

Felician’s commitment to a diverse student body has been more widely recognized. The 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges, published by U.S. News & World Report, placed Felician in the top 10 regional colleges and universities for “Campus Ethnic Diversity,” top 25 for “Economic Diversity” and top 100 for “Most International Students.” Felician also ranked in the top 100 for “Most Students Over Age 25.”  For three consecutive years, G.I. Jobs magazine named Felician as a Military Friendly School. Felician is one of only 25 colleges and universities worldwide to be recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), allowing our students direct access to the international peacemaking stage. Noted for producing well-qualified teachers who fill N.J. schools, for the third year in a row a Felician student won the N.J. Outstanding Student-Teacher of the year award.

Felician University Mission Statement

 

Guided by Felician Franciscan values, Felician University strives to meet its stated mission:

Felician is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan University founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition. Its mission is to provide a full complement of learning experiences, reinforced with strong academic and student development programs designed to bring students to their highest potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century with informed minds and understanding hearts. The enduring purpose of Felician University is to promote a love for learning, a desire for God, self-knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.

Vision Statement 

 

To be a pre-eminent Catholic Franciscan University where scholarship and the practice of teaching and learning place students first in the enduring quest for truth and the persistent pursuit of competence, character, and compassion. 

Felician Franciscan Values

 

Respect for Human Dignity … our reverence for and commitment to promoting and protecting the dignity of persons. 

Compassion … an empathetic consciousness of others expressed in caring service.

Transformation … the process that encourages an open mind and heart, leading to continuous improvement of the person and ministry. 

Solidarity with the Poor … ensuring the needs of the poor and vulnerable are met through advocacy and action.

Justice and Peace … forging right relationships, recreating a sustainable environment, promoting the common good - all in the pursuit of

peace.

To ensure all members of the Felician Community are involved in our Self Study process, regular town hall meetings will be held to engage Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external stakeholders in conversation surrounding the process.  Regular reports will also be provided to Board of Trustee members updating them on the progress of the Self Study process. 

 

INSTITUTIONAL PRIORITIES TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE SELF-STUDY

 

At the core of Felician University’s current strategic plan are five principles to set priorities and give direction to the important opportunities and challenges Felician is addressing.  During development of its current 2014- 2019 Strategic Plan, Felician University engaged in a university-wide process to identify five institutional priorities to drive the development of strategic initiatives in support of Felician mission over the five-year span of the Strategic Plan. During the MSCHE Self-Study Institute, the Felician Executive Self-Study Steering Committee conducted a cross-walk between the five institutional priorities and the seven Standards for Accreditation (please see page 8) and determined that the three priorities listed below substantially align with all seven Standards. After completing the Self-Study Institute, the selection of these priorities was reviewed with Felician’s President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees, and faculty.

The following three priorities were chosen as institutional priorities for the self-study and the linkages between these three priorities and the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation will be noted during the self-study process:

1.    We will graduate students with competence, character and compassion, to be global citizens of leadership and service through innovative and interdisciplinary programs and services.  A successful student is one who understands him or herself to be engaged in an educational process that focuses both the student and the Felician community on a path to success. Success is measured by a number of factors, most significantly, student engagement – intersection of

student activities, academic and social, and the University’s support systems.

2.     We will embody the values of our Felician Franciscan heritage as stewards of our assets and property within the framework of our institutional advancement efforts and our fiscal sustainability.  Diversity, technology, students, alumni, faculty, international collaborations and identification of new markets all work together to advance the mission of educating future students of the world. Over the next five years, fiscal sustainability, institutional advancement and

deliberate and careful planning will give us the foundation we need to continue acting as good stewards of our assets and property.

3.    We will assure institutional effectiveness through innovative organizational policies and practices.  Felician is committed to the effective evaluation of its educational programs, its academic and administrative support services, and the use of assessment results for continuous improvement. We will develop a comprehensive communication plan, cultivate current and new advisory boards, employ shared governance initiatives and ensure compliance with all outside agencies and internal compliance requirements.

 

The self-study work groups will be attentive to the institutional priorities and will be charged to  address them, where appropriate in each standard, and explicitly respond tothem along with the criteria in each of the accreditation standards. 

INTENDED OUTCOMES OF THE SELF-STUDY

 The Middle States Self-Study process offers various constituencies at Felician University to research and analyze how the University meets its mission and goals.  For all stakeholders of the University the self-study activity provides an opportunity forreflection, improvement, and renewal.  In its completion, the University expects the self-study will:

1.    Reaffirm accreditation.

2.    Provide evidence of FelicianUniversity’s focus on continuous improvement, especially as it pertains to students’ experience. 

3.    Engage the Felician University community in an inclusive and transparent self-appraisal process, which will also inform the next iteration of the Strategic Plan.

SELF-STUDY APPROACH

 

In order to transition the Felician University Community from the previous 14 Standards to the new 7 Standards, Felician University has chosen to use a Standards-based approach. This approach will allow our community members to study and be guided by the new Standards for accreditation.

 

Cross-Walk between Institutional Priorities and Standards for Accreditation

 

 

Standard I:  Mission and

Goals

Standard II:  Ethics and

Integrity

Standard III: Design and

Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

Standard IV:  Support of

the Student Learning Experience

Standard V:  Educational

Effectiveness Assessment

Standard VI:  Planning,

Resources, and Administration

Standard VII:

Governance, Leadership, and Administration

Institutional Priority 1:  We will graduate students with competence, character and compassion, to be global citizens of leadership and service through innovative and interdisciplinary programs and services.

X

 

X

X

X

 

 

Institutional Priority

2:
  We will embody the values of our Felician Franciscan heritage as stewards of our assets and property within the framework of our institutional advancement efforts and our fiscal sustainability.

X

X

 

 

 

X

 

Institutional Priority 3:  We will assure institutional effectiveness through innovative organizational policies and practices.

X

X

 

X

X

X

X

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE

AND WORKING GROUPS

 

In early January 2018, Dr. Prisco appointed Dr. B. Kaye Walter, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and Dr. Mara Zukowski, Associate Dean of Humanities/Professor of Religious Studies, to serve as co-chairs of the Steering Committee along with the Executive Team Members, Dr. George Abaunza, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of Philosophy; Ms. Fran Andrea, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Dr. Ed Ogle, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Mr. Tom Truchan, VP, Business and Finance. Individuals for the Steering Committee were selected for their knowledge of the University, previous experience with the accreditation process, and willingness to serve and provide leadership for the Middle States Accreditation Self-Study process.  The Steering Committee with 19 members was finalized in February 2018.  The membership includes co-chairs for the Steering Committee and co-chairs for each of the seven standards.  The co-chairs for the Working

Groups are listed below:

 

Member

University Title/Affiliation

Co-Chair/Executive Team of Self Study/and/or Working

Group

Priscilla Klymenko, M.A.

Registrar

Co-Chair Standard 1 Work

Group

Sylvia McGeary, Ph.D.

Executive Director for

Mission Integration

Co-Chair Standard 1 Work

Group

Marie Cueman, Ph.D., RN

Professor, School of Nursing

Co-Chair Standard 2 Work

Group

Cynthia Montalvo

Executive Director, Student

Financial Services

Co-Chair Standard 2 Work

Group

Christine Mihal, RN, M.S.N, Ed.D.

Associate Dean/Director,

Fast Track RN to B.S.N. and RN to MSN in Nursing Administration/MSN Nursing

Administration

Co-Chair Standard 3 Work

Group

David Turi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean/Associate

Professor, School of Business

Co- Chair Standard 3 Work

Group

Ronald Gray, Ph.D.

Dean of Students

Co-Chair Standard 4 Work

Group

Dolores Henchy, D.Min.

Dean, Student Academic

Success Programs

Co-Chair Standard 4 Work

Group

Jeffrey Blanchard, Ph.D.

Director of Honors

Program/Associate Professor of English

Co-Chair Standard 5 Work

Group

Stephanie McGowan, Ed.D.

Dean, School of Education

Co-Chair Standard 5 Work

Group

Fran Andrea

Vice President, Enrollment

Management and Student Affairs

Co-Chair Standard 6 Work

Group, Executive Team of Self-Study

Tom Truchan, C.P.A.

Vice President, Business

and Finance

Co-Chair Standard 6 Work

Group, Executive Team of Self-Study

John Farkas, Ph.D.

Vice President, University

Advancement

Co-Chair Standard 7 Work

Group

Joseph Lizza, MBS, C.P.A., CGMA

Assistant Professor, School

of Business

Co-Chair Standard 7 Work

Group

The self-study will be led by the Self-Study Steering Committee and seven Working Groups with guidance and accountability oversight from President Prisco and the Executive Team.  The diagram on the following page details the organizational structure of the Steering Committee and the seven Working Groups.

A Learning Management System work space has been initiated for use by the Steering Committee and Working Groups.  Working Group Templates, Evidence Inventory, and relevant documents have been uploaded to the working site.  This will allow total transparency for all working groups and will promote collaboration throughout the process.  This virtual common area will ensure that undue duplication of effort is kept to a minimum.

The Steering Committee will have access to all materials and online conversations in the work site.  The Steering Committee will also have monthly meetings scheduled to review progress of the process and assist in the process as needed.

Self-Study Steering Committee and Working Groups 

The Steering Committee and all Working Groups are fully staffed.  An official University Self-Study Kick-Off event is scheduled for April 4, 2018. 

 

GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING AND CHARGES TO THE STEERING COMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUPS

 

The Steering Committee and Working Groups are charged with the following tasks leading to the final self-study report.  Each Work Group will:

 

  • Develop a deep understanding of the history, mission, and the strategic plan of Felician University as it relates to the seven MSCHE foundational standards required for re-affirmation of accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.
  • Use the MSCHE report guidelines and contribute to the design of the Self-Study and the final Self-Study report.
  • Carefully review the 2010 decennial report and the 2015 PRR in order to become aware of past successes and challenges in meeting accreditation standards.
  • Develop questions that are appropriate to the assigned standard, each priority, and Requirements of Affiliation.
  • Identify sources of information, including colleagues inside and outside the University community for feedback, guidance, information, and ideas to use as a basis for suggestions and possible recommendations for institutional renewal and transformation.
  • Use the Working Group templates that have been provided to facilitate the development of the Evidence Inventory.
  • Generate written reports that clearly indicate each of the questions developed, and the methods and data used to answer the questions. 
  • Provide an analysis of the University’s successes and challenges in meeting the assigned standard and Requirements of Affiliation in the context of the institution’s mission and goals and draw reasonable inferences and conclusions.
  • Discuss the relationship of the assigned Standard, Institutional Priorities and Requirements of Affiliation with the other Middle States Standards for Accreditation.
  • Summarize the results of the findings.
  • Provide opportunities for improvement and innovation. 

 

Standard Addressed

Co-Chairs and Work Group Members

Charge and specific

lines of inquiry

 

Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee

Co-Chairs:

·     B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D. – Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness

·     Mara Zukowski, Ph.D. – Associate Dean of Humanities/Professor of Religious Studies

 

Standard 1:  Mission and Goals 

The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish.  The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

 

 

Co-Chairs:

·     

Sylvia McGeary, Ph.D. – Executive Director for Mission Integration

·     

Priscilla Klymenko, M.A. – Registrar

 

Work Group Members:

·     Ann Guillory, Ed.D. – Professor of   Psychology

·      Sharon McNulty – Director of Counseling Services ·      Fr. John O’Neill, Ph.D. – Professor of Religious Studies

·      Barbara Perdue – Director of Institutional Marketing/Publications

·      Kathy Prieto – Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid

·     Patrick Weir, Ph.D. – Professor of Biology

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 1, which states:

 

The institution's mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution's stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

Working Group 1 will address Institutional Priorities 1, 2, and 3 and the relevance of these three Institutional Priorities to Standard 1.

 

Working Group 1 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 found in the Working Group Template.

Standard 2:  Ethics and Integrity

 

Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions.  In all activities, whether internal or external, an

institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.

 

 

Co-Chairs:

·      Marie Cueman, Ph.D., RN – Professor, School of Nursing

·     Cynthia Montalvo – Executive Director, Student Financial Services

 

Work Group Members:

·     Sister Annelle Velivis, Ph.D. – Director, BMA Institute 

·      Jimena Buitrago – Director of Alumni Relations

·      Tara Brugnoni, D.Litt. – Director of Community Rights and Responsibilities

·      Jean Conlon-Yoo, M.S.N., RN, APN – Instructor, School of Nursing

·      Diane De Padova – Human Resources and Benefits Coordinator

·      Irfan Khawaja, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Philosophy

·     Barbara Romano – Associate Registrar, VA Representative

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 2, which states:

 

Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions.  In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.

 

Working Group 2 will address Institutional Priorities 2 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 2.

 

Standard 3:  Design and Delivery of Student Learning Experience

 

An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program,  certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality.  All learning experiences, regardless of modality,

program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.

 

 

Co-Chairs:

·     Christine Mihal, RN, M.S.N., Ed.D. – Associate Professor and Associate Dean and Director of Fast Track RN to B.S.N. and RN to MSN in Nursing Administration/MSN Nursing Administration

·     David Turi, Ph.D. – Associate Dean/Associate Professor, School of Business

 

Work Group Members:

·     Camille Braker-Balkum – Associate Director, Graduate Admissions

·      Kimberly Burrows, MSN, RN – Instructor, School of Nursing

·      Manuel Ferreira, Ed.D. – Associate Dean of Mathematics, Computer, Natural and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Mathematics

·      Julie O’Connell, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of English

·      Yaruby Petit-Frere – Director of Office of International Programs

·      Annette Rycharski, M.S. – Instructor, School of Education

·      Deanna Valente, MBA – Associate Dean, Center for Digital Design and Online Learning

·      One graduate student

·     One undergraduate student

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 3, which states:

 

An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence of all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.

Working Group 3 will address Institutional Priority 1 and the relevance of this Institutional Priority to Standard 3.

 

Working Group 3 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 8 and 15found in the Working Group Template.

Standard 4:  Support of the Student Experience

 

Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and

goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings,  The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student

success.

 

 

Co-Chairs:

·     Ronald Gray, Ph.D. – Dean of Students

·     Dolores Henchy, D.Min. – Dean of Student Academic Success Programs

 

Work Group Members:

·     Erica Anderson – Student Affairs

·      Ben Dinallo, Jr. – Athletic Director, Golf Coach

·      Steve Goetsch – Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management and Marketing

·      Melissa MacAlpin, MFA – Associate Professor of Art

·      Patty McTaggart – Administrative Assistant, School of Business

·      Sister Elizabeth Morley, B.A. – Coordinator, Tutoring Services

·      Shalini Patel – Bursar

·      Diane Sedlmeir – Associate Director Admissions

·      One graduate student

·     One undergraduate student

 

 

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 4, which states:

 

Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.

Working Group 4 will address Institutional Priorities 1 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 4.

Standard 5:  Educational Effectiveness

Assessment

 

Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.

 

 

Co-Chairs:

·     Jeffrey Blanchard, Ph.D. – Director of Honors Program/Associate Professor of English

·     Stephanie McGowan, Ed.D. – Dean, School of Education

 

Work Group Members:

·     Tiffany Austin – Director, Career Development Center

·      Patrick Dezort – Assistant Dean of Students

·      Mary Laban, MSN, RN, APN – Instructor, School of Nursing

·      Michael Nyklewicz, MFA – Associate Professor of Art

·      Patricia O’Brien-Barry, Ph.D., RNC-OB – Professor, School of Nursing

·      Robert Rogers, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of

Biology

·     Michael Szarek – Assistant Vice President of Graduate Enrollment

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle State  Standard 5, which states: Assessment of student

learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions

of higher education.

 

Working Group 5 will address Institutional Priorities 1 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 5.

 

Working Group 5 will also address  Requirements of Affiliation questions 9 and 10 found in the Working Group Template.

Standard 6:  Planning,

Resources, and Institutional Improvement

 

The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.

 

Co-Chairs:

·     Fran Andrea – Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

·     Tom Truchan, C.P.A. – Vice President, Business and Finance

 

Work Group Members:

·     Clevell S. Roseboro II – Director of Library Services

·      David Santos – IT Security Officer and Help Desk Manager

·      Anthony Scardino, Ph.D. – Associate Professor,

School of Business

·     Andrew Toriello – Associate Director of Athletics and Compliance Officer

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 6, which states:

 

The institution's planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.

Working Group 6 will address Institutional Priorities 2 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 6.

 

Working Group 6 will also address equirements of Affiliation question 11 found in the Working Group Template.

Standard 7:  Governance, Leadership,

and Administration

 

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves.  Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

 

 

Co-Chairs:

·     John Farkas, Ph.D. – Vice President, University Advancement

·     Joseph Lizza, Sr., MBS, C.P.A., CGMA – Assistant Professor, School of Business

 

Work Group Members:

·      Kristen Abbey, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of English

·      Peter Economou, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

·      Muriel M. Shore, Ed.D., RN, NEA-BC, FNAP – Dean and Professor, School of Nursing/Director of the Felician University Institute for Gerontology

·     Ginny Topolski – Director, Human Resources

 

 

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 7, which states:

 

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or

other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

 

Working Group 7 will address Institutional Priority 3 and the relevance of this Institutional Priority to Standard 7.

 

Working Group 7 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 12, 13 and 14 found in the Working Group Template.

 

The following individuals will provide resources for the Steering Committee throughout the self-study process.  They are:

Debbie Mezzanotte                Admin. Asst. Academic Affairs

Reema Panwar, MBA              Director of Institutional Research

Barbara Perdue                       Director of Institutional Marketing/Publications

Clevell Roseboro II                  Director of Library Services

Kerri Scott                               Special Projects Analyst, Business

Deanna Valente, MBA            Associate Dean, Center for Digital Design and Online Learning

Sherida Yoder, Ph.D.               Professor of English

The Executive Team members are:

George Abaunza, Ph.D.           Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Francine Andrea                     Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Edward Ogle, Ed.D.                 Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tom Truchan, C.P.A.               Vice President, Business and Finance

 

Town hall facilitators and analysts:

Ronald Gray, Ph.D. – Dean of Students

James G. Smith, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Graduate Counseling Psychology

The following products will be completed by each of the seven Work Groups.  

  1. Working Group Templates – See sample template below 
  2. Initial Outlines and Timelines – Using the Working Group Templates, the Working Groups will generate the initial Outlines and Timelines for their proposed work. 
  3. Working Group Reports
  4. Preliminary Drafts
  5. Final Draft
  6. Final Self-Study Report
  7. Check List of Integration of Products into Timeline

The following is a sample template used to construct the individual Working Group Templates.  The Work Group Templates have been developed for all seven working groups and are being uploaded on the Steering Committee and Work Group Learning Management System work space.

Template for Work Group A: Standard A

 

Committee Co-Chairs:

Work Group Members:

Group charge:

The purpose of this working group is to investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard A, which states:

 

To address this charge, please answer the following questions. Below each question is a suggested methodology. The questions may not be changed (although components may be added to them), but the methodologies are merely suggestions. Feel free to add additional methodologies and resources necessary to respond fully to the questions. In the space provided, address questions (a) through (e) for each question.

Question 1:  Does Felician University comply with Standard A?

 

Suggested Methodology

·     

  • Review criteria of Standard A·     
  • Examine Felician University Document XYZ for relationship to Standard A

Suggested Resources

·     

  • Middle States Accreditation
  • Standard A

·     

Felician University Document XYZ

 

a)    Summarize the results of your systematic review of the information.

 

b)   Using the results, critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Felician University in meeting this criterion of Standard A.

 

c)    Explain how the response to this question addresses Middle States Standard A.

 

d)    Discuss the relationship of this topic with the other Middle States standards (available in Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, Thirteenth Edition).

 

e)    What are the recommendations of the work group for improvements and innovation in this area?

The following charges have been established for each of the Working Groups: 

Working Group 1To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 1, which states:  The

institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The

institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission. 
 

Working Group 1 will address Institutional Priorities 1, 2, and 3 and the relevance of these three Institutional Priorities to Standard 1. 

Working Group 1 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 found in the Working Group Template.

Working Group 2To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 2, which states: Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions.  In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.

Working Group 2 will address Institutional Priorities 2 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 2.

Working Group 3To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 3, which states:  An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence of all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.

Working Group 3 will address Institutional Priority 1 and the relevance of this Institutional Priority to Standard 3.

Working Group 3 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 8 and 15 found in the Working Group Template.

Working Group 4To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 4, which states:  Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings.  The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.

Working Group 4 will address Institutional Priorities 1 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 4. 

Working Group 5To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 5, which states:  Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.

Working Group 5 will address Institutional Priorities 1 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 5. 

Working Group 5 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 9 and 10 found in the Working Group Template.

Working Group 6To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 6, which states:  The institution's planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges. 

Working Group 6 will address Institutional Priorities 2 and 3 and the relevance of these two Institutional Priorities to Standard 6. 

Working Group 6 will also address Requirements of Affiliation question 11 found in the Working Group Template.

Working Group 7 - To investigate the effectiveness with which Felician University adheres to Middle States Standard 7, which states:  The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purposed, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

Working Group 7 will address Institutional Priority 3 and the relevance of this Institutional Priority to Standard 7.

Working Group 7 will also address Requirements of Affiliation questions 12, 13 and 14 found in the Working Group Template.

ORGANIZATION OF THE FINAL SELF-STUDY REPORT

 

Felician University

Executive Summary

Introduction

Chapter One – Standard I:  Mission and Goals

Chapter Focus: Institutional Priority 1, Priority 2 and Priority 3 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Chapter Two – Standard II: Ethics and Integrity

            Chapter Focus: Institutional Priority 2 and Priority 3 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Chapter Three – Standard III:  Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

            Chapter Focus: Institutional Priority 1 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Chapter Four – Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience

Chapter Focus:  Institutional Priority 1 and Priority 3 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Chapter Five – Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Chapter Focus:  Institutional Priority 1 and Priority 3 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Chapter Six – Standard VI: Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement

Chapter Focus:  Institutional Priority 2 and Priority 3 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Chapter Seven – Standard VII:  Governance, Leadership and Administration

Chapter Focus:  Institutional Priority 3 as taken from the Strategic Plan

Conclusion – Summarize the findings of the Self Study and address future initiatives and how  the self-study process will be used for continuous improvement and future innovation.

Appendices

VERIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE STRATEGY

 

The verification of institutional compliance will focus on the following areas:

1. Student identity verification in distance and correspondence education

2. Transfer of credit policies and articulation agreements

3. Title IV program responsibilities

4. Institutional records of student complaints

5. Required information for students and the public

6. Standing with state and other accrediting agencies

7. Contractual relationships

8. Assignment of credit hours

The University compliance committee, chaired by Francine Andrea will be responsible for the process. Membership in the compliance committee is as follows:

  • Patrick Weir, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia Montalvo
  • Andrew Toriello
  • Virginia Topolski, M.A.
  • Michael Sanford, Ph.D.
  • Tara Brugnoni, D.Litt.
  • Ronald Gray, Ph.D.

 

EVIDENCE INVENTORY

 

A Preliminary Inventory of Documents and Resources has been developed as a starting point and is attached to the proposed Design document.  The Inventory list has been loaded into the Learning Management System working space that is being used by the Steering Committee and Work Groups.  The Inventory is a living document and is considered “under construction” until the process is complete.

These resources provide a starting point for the Work Groups to find information relevant to their standards and research questions.  As the Work Groups gather and analyze information, they may discover other resources that will be of use.  If additional resources are located by the Work Groups, electronic copies should be forwarded to the Steering Committee Co-Chairs so that the resources can be included in the Evidence Inventory and shared with all members of the Work Groups. 

TIMETABLE FOR THE SELF-STUDY

 

Felician University would like to have its Middle States Self-Study evaluation visit in the Spring of 2020.  Below is an overall timeline for the Spring 2020 Middle States Self-Study preparation and visit.  Specific timelines and due dates will be established by the Steering Committee and the Working Groups.   

WHEN

WHAT

WHO

  2017

Self-Study Institute

Ed Ogle, Fran Andrea, Tom Truchan, and George Abaunza

January 2018

Finalize Steering Committee, Working Group co-chairs and members

Executive Team, Co-chairs, Dr. Prisco

January -February 2018

Choose Self-Study Model

Executive Team

January -February 2018

Draft self-study design, including research questions for Working Groups

Executive Team, Co-chairs

January -February 2018

Create Communication Plan

Executive Team, Co-chairs

January -February 2018

Complete preliminary inventory of Documents and Resources

Executive Team, Co-chairs

January -February 2018

Prepare University

community for staff liaison’s visit

Executive Team, Co-chairs

February 2, 2018

Skype Session with Dr. Faison

Ed Ogle, Fran Andrea, Tom

Truchan, George Abaunza, Mara Zukowski, Kaye Walter

February 14, 2018

Program Design Document due to Dr. Faison

Dr. Ogle

February 28, 2018

MSCHE staff liaison’s visit to provide feedback on Design

Board Members, President, Faculty, Staff, Students, Self-Study Committee

March 2018

Self-Study Design revisions complete and submitted to MSCHE

Executive Team, Co-Chairs,

Working Groups, Dr. Faison

March 2018

Receive approval on Felician University’s self-study design from MSCHE

Dr. Faison

March 14, 2018

Working Group Orientation and Training to become familiar with Felician University’s self-study design and research questions

All internal community members invited

April 4,2018

Middle States Self-Study Kickoff

Town hall Meeting

April 2018

Working Group co-chairs meet to identify/gather necessary documents including documentation for compliance report

Working Group co-chairs &

Steering Committee

June 15, 2018

Working Group Outlines Due

All Working Groups

May 2018 – December 2018

Working Groups read supporting documents and generate a list of additional data needs Working Groups review data, conduct interviews, meet with Steering Committee Working Groups carry out their charges with oversight from Steering Committee

Steering Committee & Working Groups

May 2018 – December 2018

Prepare, conduct, and analyze campus-wide survey

Steering Committee & Working Groups, Institutional Research

May 2018 – December 2018

Progress updates due from co-chairs

Co-Chairs

December 15, 2018

First drafts of chapters from Working Groups; feedback obtained

Steering Committee, Working Groups, Communication Team, Writing Team

March 2019

MSCHE Team Chair selected

and confirmed

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

April 2019

Second drafts from Working

Groups submitted to Self-Study Writing Team

Steering Committee, Writing Team

April 2019

Writing Team drafts comprehensive

Self-Study based on drafts submitted by Working Groups

Steering Committee, Writing Team

May 2019

Review and community-wide discussion of Self-Study; revisions made as necessary based on feedback.

All campus community members

May 2019

Preparation of Verification of Compliance Report begins

Fran Andrea

July 2019

Second draft of Self-Study generated by Writing Team and distributed

Steering Committee, Dr. Ogle

August 2019

Self-Study draft to Team Chair in advance of Preliminary Visit

Steering Committee, Dr. Ogle

September-November 2019

Edits/revisions to Self-Study based upon feedback from Team Chair

Steering Committee, Dr. Ogle

November 2019

Preliminary Visit by Team Chair; feedback on Self-Study Draft

Team Chair, Steering Committee, Dr. Ogle, Dr. Prisco

December 2019

Final version of Self-Study produced & sent to Visiting Team (6 weeks prior to visit)

Steering Committee, Dr.

Ogle

December 2019

Verification of Compliance report due

Fran Andrea

March 2020

Visiting Team on Campus

Visiting Team, All campus

stakeholders

June 2020

Commission meets to determine accreditation action

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

COMMUNICATION PLAN

 

OBJECTIVES

AUDIENCES

METHODS

TIMING

To update University stakeholders (internal and external) about the Self-Study process

Students

Self-Study Website; town hall meetings; student surveys; presentations to Student Government Association; include Student Government Association representative on Working Groups

Updates on the process will go out from the Steering Committee to the community quarterly.

October 2018

January 2019

April 2019

July 2019

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

 

Alumni

Self-Study Website; articles in alumni magazine, presentations to Alumni Association; include

Alumni representatives on Working Groups

Updates on the process will go out from the Steering Committee to the community quarterly.

October 2018

January 2019

April 2019

July 2019

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

 

Faculty

Self-Study Website; updates go faculty at Faculty Conference and through Faculty Senate; town hall meetings; faculty representatives on Working Groups, general faculty meetings

Updates on the process will go out from the Steering Committee to the community quarterly.

October 2018

January 2019

April 2019

July 2019

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

 

Administration/Staff

Self-Study Website; regular updates provided through publications, town hall meetings; representatives of administration and staff on Working Groups

Updates on the process will go out from the Steering Committee to the community quarterly.

October 2018

January 2019

April 2019

July 2019

October 2019

January 2020

April 2020

July 2020

 

Board of Trustees

Self-Study Website; regular updates provided via publications and during Board meetings; formal

presentation to the Board of Trustees by Steering Committee co-chairs

Updates will be given at the Board meetings as scheduled by the Board of Trustees.

 

External Stakeholders

Self-Study Website; publications; town hall meetings

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals.

November 2018

February 2019

November 2020

To gather feedback about Working Group reports

Students

Feedback from representatives on Working Groups

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

November 2018

February 2019

November 2020

 

Alumni

Feedback from representatives on Working Groups

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

November 2018

February 2019

November 2020

 

Faculty

Feedback from

representatives on Working Groups

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

November 2018

February 2019

November 2020

 

Administration/Staff

Feedback from

representatives on Working Groups

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

November 2018

February 2019

November 2020

 

Board of Trustees

Feedback about relevant

reports from Board members

Scheduled through the Board

of Trustees

 

External Stakeholders

Feedback from focus groups

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

November 2018

February 2019

November 2020

To gather feedback about

the draft Self-Study

Students

Town hall meetings;

Self-Study email feedback

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

May 2019

 

Alumni

Town hall meetings;

Self-Study email feedback

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

May 2019

 

Faculty

Town hall meetings;

Self-Study email feedback

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

May 2019

 

Administration/Staff

Town hall meetings;

Self-Study email feedback

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

May 2019

 

Board of Trustees

Board Meetings, Website

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

May 2019

 

External Stakeholders

Focus groups

Through scheduled town hall meetings, surveys, and through the website in periodic intervals

May 2019

 

PROFILE OF THE VISITING EVALUATION TEAM

Felician University respectfully requests that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education consider the following suggestions when preparing an accreditation evaluation team for Felician University: 

  1. The chairperson should be a president of a small, private, faith-based, liberal arts university with experience in working with a culturally diverse university.
  2. In general, team members should:
    1. Possess expertise and sensitivity to diverse student populations
    2. Come from the university sector, with experience in faith-based institutions of higher education.
    3. Be fluent in unique issues associated with privately funded institutions
  3. More specifically, the team should have at least one member with expertise in:
    1. Institutional and Student learning outcomes assessment
    2. General Education
    3. Multi-site environments
    4. Instructional and Information Technology
    5. Finance 
  4.  The Table below contains the top 10 Academic Programs (IPEDS) with enrollment by number of students offered within the four Schools of Felician University: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing.  Felician University requests team members who are familiar with these types of academic programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing.

Top 10 Academic Programs by Student Enrollment for

Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Enrollment by Program*

ACADEMIC PROGRAM

PROGRAM TITLE

ACPG Type

Number of Students

NURS.BSN

Nursing, BSN

TUG

318

CRIM.BS

Criminal Justice, BS

TUG

123

BIO.BS

Biology, BS

TUG

97

NURS.RN.FT.BSN

Nursing, RN to BSN Fast Track Program

AUG

90

LA.UND.BA

Undecided

TUG

88

BIO.PRE.BS

Biology, Pre-Professional Programs, BS

TUG

67

NURS.FN.MSN

Master of Science in Nursing with a Track in Family Nurse

GRA

64

PSYC.BA

Psychology, BA

TUG

64

COUNS.PSYC.MA

Counseling Psychology, MA

GRA

61

BUSAD.BS

Business Administration, BS

TUG

56

* Data as per the February 26, 2018 Term Directory

 

Peer Group Institutions

1

Caldwell University

2

College of Mount Saint Vincent

3

Georgian Court University

4

Holy Family University

5

Neumann University

6

Saint Francis University

7

Saint Peter’s University

 

Aspirational Group Institutions

1

Cabrini University

2

College of Holy Cross, Worcester

3

DeSales University

4

Marist College

5

Sacred Heart University

6

Seton Hall University

7

University of Scranton

 

Please click on the link to access the Felician University Self Study Plan: https://www.felician.edu/sites/default/files/FelicianUniversitySelfStudy-v1.pdf