For Immediate Release
Date: July 25, 2019
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations
Bloomsburg University Accreditation Reaffirmed by Middle States Commission
BLOOMSBURG— The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed accreditation for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with no monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-27.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.
“The reaffirmation is a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff and the great work they do each day on behalf of our students,” said Bashar Hanna, president of Bloomsburg University. “I especially express my gratitude to our colleagues, Drs. Sheila Dove Jones, Mindi Miller, and assistant vice president for student affairs Jim McCormack for their years of commitment and leadership on this critically important part of maintaining the viability of our institution.”
As part of the process, a steering workgroup was selected to design an institutional self-study and coordinate the re-accreditation process. Eight working groups were established to thoroughly address the seven standards and compliance component that are the focus of the self-study and review process. A combination of approximately 90 faculty, staff, and students participated in this process.
The self-study highlighted the university’s distinctive mission, the student learning experience, noteworthy accomplishments since last accredited, and areas for improvement. The self-study was submitted in January 2019 and the process culminated with a team of peer evaluators who used the report as the basis for their on-site evaluation in March 2019.
“The Middle States Commission’s reaccreditation was a valuable process, and it confirms the great work being accomplished by the faculty and staff at Bloomsburg University,” said the Honorable Mary Jane Bowes, Chair of BU’s Council of Trustees. “I am grateful to all those who contributed to the success of this reaccreditation process, and am confident that BU continues to fulfill its mission to educate the future leaders of Pennsylvania and beyond.”
To reaffirm accreditation the Middle States Commission request that, beginning in 2020 and in conjunction with each annual institutional update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2023, the institution provide further evidence of (1) a campus climate that fosters respect among all constituencies, (2) general education program that is sufficient in scope and addresses the identified areas, (3) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness, and (4) an administration with regular engagement with faculty and students to advance the institution’s goals and objectives.
Middle States institution-wide accreditation is required by the U.S. Department of Education. The accreditation is necessary for Bloomsburg University and its students to be eligible for any form of financial assistance from the Federal Government, including grants, scholarships, and federally guaranteed student loans. Additional information related to Bloomsburg University’s reaccreditation process can be located on the BU Middle States webpage http://intranet.bloomu.edu/middlestates.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.