An Introduction to Serving as a MSCHE
Dr. Luis G. Pedraja
MSCHE Vice President
Why are evaluators important?
Accreditation is a voluntary process and
relies on volunteers
Peer review process is vital to quality
Need for experts in different areas &
Diversity of institutions requires a diversity
What is it like?
Different types of evaluators
– Decennial visit teams
– Special follow-up small team visit
– Generalist evaluators
Periodic Review Report readers
– Typically Provosts, Deans, etc.
Substantive Change Committee readers
Who can serve as an evaluator?
Finance Directors/Senior Staff
Enrollment / Student Services Directors
Outcomes Assessment Experts
How are decennial teams put
Teams consist of 6-8 persons on average
A team chair is selected by staff &
approved by institution (1 year in advance)
Dates for the team visit are agreed upon
Evaluators are selected and invited to the
team for those dates
Replacements are selected for those
unable to go on the designated dates
How are decennial teams put
Institutional Profile & Mission
Most from peer or aspirational institutions
Same level (2-year, 4-year, etc.)
Same type of control (Public, Non-Profit,
Usually from a different states to avoid
Typically no more than one from a given
institution on the same team
What is the team composition?
Chair (President, Provost, Dean)
Academic evaluator (CAO; Dean; etc)
Student Services/Enrollment (as needed)
Library Services (as needed)
Faculty (Humanities/Sciences/ Special
Planning/I.R./ I.T. (as needed)
What are the evaluator’s
Be familiar with MSCHE publications:
– Characteristics of Excellence
– Team Visits: Conducting and Hosting
– Other documents provided
Read the institution’s self-study or report in
Note strengths and weaknesses
Participate in team meetings/communications
Examine evidence provided
Conduct campus interviews
Submit report in assigned area
Help the team reach a decision on accreditation
What’s the role of an evaluators?
– Know Middle States standards
– Analyze the Self-Study
– Understand the Institutional Mission & Goals
Remember the “peer” in “peer review”
Cooperate and be collegial
Root comments in Middle States standards.
– Compare this institution to yours
– Make prescriptive pronouncements
What does the report look like?
Standard (s) Covered
Narrative of Findings
Recommendations (need some follow-up)
– People interviewed
– Documents reviewed
About 1-2 pages per Evaluator
What do you get as an evaluator?
Modest honorarium –we are volunteers!
Knowledge about other institutions
Ideas to take to your institution
Meet and get to know peers and colleagues
Preserve the integrity & quality of higher
Realize that you are not alone
What does an institution get?
Validation from peers
Collegial advice from experts
An outside perspective
New ideas for self-improvement
Meet new and different colleagues
A sense that they are not alone
How do I become an evaluator?
President, Provost, Dean, etc. nominates
Another evaluator or MSCHE staff
member nominates you
Submit evaluator data form to MSCHE
Be an expert in what you do
Be patient & available to serve
Be flexible and collegial
Participate in training and events
How do I contact MSCHE?
Website information & contact numbers at
By email: email@example.com
By phone: 267-284-5000