SRU to welcome Middle States VP to discuss reaffirmation of accreditation


North Hall on campus

Slippery Rock University’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmation of accreditation process continues with a visit by MSCHE’s Sean McKitrick, March 29.

March 21, 2019

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A representative from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education will visit Slippery Rock University next week to discuss the University's efforts to earn reaffirmation of accreditation by the MSCHE.



Sean McKitrick, MSCHE's vice president of institutional field relations, will conduct an open forum with the SRU community, 12:30-1:30 p.m., March 29, at the Smith Student Center, Room 322. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. 

"His visit is intended to jumpstart the campus into this two-year process," said Mary Hennessey, assistant to the provost and co-chair of SRU's accreditation steering committee. "This is a chance to hear, from the Middle States perspective, what's going to be happening during the next two years, and it's an opportunity for people to ask any questions they may have about the process."  

McKitrick will discuss reaffirmation of accreditation and the role of faculty, staff and students in the process. He will spend the entire day at SRU, meeting with individual administrators and committees, as well as the council of trustees. 


MSCHE accredits institutions from a five-state area once every eight years (formerly 10 years). SRU's last reaffirmation of accreditation came in 2011. It is on schedule for a formal site visit by a peer-review board in spring 2021. SRU initiated the MSCHE reaffirmation of accreditation process earlier this academic year. Following McKitrick's visit, the University will work to develop its self-study.

For more information about SRU's MSCHE self-study process, visit:

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