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Accreditation & Assessment

Accreditation


Westminster is accredited every 8 years by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College's accreditation was reaffirmed on November 17, 2016. The College’s next self-study report is due in 2021.

The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Additionally, the chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society, and the School of Education’s teacher preparation programs are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For information about the College’s accreditation and reports, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs (acadaff@westminster.edu), or Dr. Jamie G. McMinn (mcminnjg@westminster.edu).

Principles of Assessment


  1. The purpose of assessing student learning is to improve student learning, not merely to satisfy our accrediting bodies.

  2. The results of assessment should be used to improve student learning rather than to restrict academic freedom or to evaluate faculty and staff performance.

  3. Assessment must be clearly linked to Westminster’s mission and outcome statements, which include departmental missions and outcome statements, and the College’s liberal arts heritage.

  4. The results of assessment will be used to improve institutional effectiveness through strategic budgeting and curricular planning processes.

  5. Assessment is an ongoing, routine function—not a one-time event or an end-point in the College’s assessment cycle of Plan, Do, Check, Act.

  6. Effective assessment requires shared responsibility and generous participation from all college constituents.

  7. The results of assessment should be shared with college constituents and the community.

  8. Trustees, the President, Cabinet, and others who lead the College must support assessment activities.

  9. Assessment activities must be supported with appropriate financial and human resources.

  10. Effective assessment relies on varied methods and measures, including quantitative and qualitative measures and direct and indirect evidence.

  11. Effective assessment is reasonable, cost-efficient, and appropriate for Westminster and its departments.

  12. Assessment activities themselves require routine assessment.

Accreditation Cycle

 

Related Resources


  Westminster College Mission and Outcomes Statements

  Academic Program Review

 

Contact Information


Dr. Jamie McMinn, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
109 Old Main
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172
Telephone: (724) 946-7120
  email

 

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Telephone: (717) 783-6788

National Association for Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Telephone: (703) 437-0700