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Kean University found noncompliant by Middle States for two standards, issued new warning

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 23:04

The Visiting Team from the Middle States Accreditation Board announced on Friday, April 13 that Kean is still not compliant with two standards for accreditation, and also issued a new warning on Standard 12, General Education.

This decision is not the final fate for Kean, which has one year left before the deadline to fulfill Standards 7, Institutional Assessment, and 14, Assessment of Student Learning, according to Dr. James Castiglione, president of the Kean Federation of Teachers.

The university is now found noncompliant in four different standards for accreditation, the fourth warning belonging to Standard 6, Integrity, which Middle States will visit Kean for in September.

The most recent warning for noncompliance with Standard 12 came during the Visiting Team’s oral report in their exit meeting in Kean Hall Friday morning.

According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s website, Standard 12 deals with students’ abilities to “acquire and demonstrate college-level proficient in general education and essential skills.”

The standard outlines these essential skills to include oral and written communication, scientific and critical analysis and technological competency.

Dr. Jeffrey Toney, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, sent out an email blast Friday addressing the Middle States announcement.

In the email, Toney explains how the Visiting Team “noted the University is not yet in compliance with these two standards [7 and 14], but has made remarkable strides in both areas.”

“During the visiting team’s time on campus, members also reviewed and identified areas that require improvement in our General Education curriculum,” the email went on to say.

On April 12, the Visiting Team came to Kean and held a number of meetings, including an open forum in the Dr. Jules Irving Schwartz Lecture Hall in the STEM building.

At the meeting of mostly faculty and staff, the team listened to questions and concerns while also asking questions of their own about the faculty’s efforts in monitoring student progress and expressing creativity.

The majority of the audience expressed efforts of monitoring student progress through various departments, and one of the team members from the Visiting Team remarked on the progress he has seen at Kean.

“I am confident that our ongoing efforts on assessment will further enhance student learning as we continue on our path of becoming a world-class university,” Toney said at the end of his email.

A date has not yet been set for Middle States’ follow-up for Standards 7 and 14.



The Tower will keep students and faculty members posted by updating any new information regarding Middle States. 

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