York College of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSCHE). MSCHE is a non-governmental group that enlists knowledgeable peers to evaluate the current quality of their institution’s education, identify areas for improvement, and create a plan of action.
MSCHE accreditation demonstrates to the public that we are meeting rigorous standards in the context of our own mission, vision, and goals. This method is clearly preferable to a governmental procedure that demands all colleges and universities to meet universal criteria.
There are several models for this self-study, which York College performs every 10 years. When the process officially began one and a half years ago, and in consultation with the College President and the Dean of Academic Affairs, we adopted the Comprehensive Self-Study Model with a special emphasis on the student experience and academic excellence.
With this in mind, the goals of our self-study are
- To determine if we are in compliance with MSCHE’s 14 standards;
- To evaluate how the college fulfills its commitment to its mission and goals;
- To consider how we can improve that commitment to better the educational experience of all students.
This self-study and its accompanying report will also inform our next long range planning cycle, which begins immediately following the self-study. It is important to understand that this report is designed to point out the positive attributes and practices at YCP as well as areas that need improvement. To serve the college, it must be truly reflective and honest.
Currently, we have 100+ students, faculty, staff and alumni involved in the self-study. Over the next several months, individual committees will be collecting and examining information to help us answer the important questions that are central to the York College of Pennsylvania experience.
Note: A final version of the report prepared by an evaluation team with Middle States is available for internal review - See the button below to access the document. Must be logged in to My YCP to view.