Self-Study Model and Intended Outcomes

The Self-Study Model

Rutgers is in a period of profound change. Our recent integration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey ("UMDNJ") and the many activities and initiatives associated with our multiple strategic planning processes, as well as the energy and enthusiasm driving these changes, make this an extremely opportune time to engage in a comprehensive University-wide self-study. Adopting the comprehensive model for our Self-Study, and organizing the Steering Committee and Working Groups around the revised Middle States Standards for Accreditation, represents a significant departure from our 2008 Self-Study. In that review Rutgers followed the Special Topics model, choosing to focus on the transformation of undergraduate education. Conducting an institutional analysis of the magnitude proposed here provides an opportunity to critically examine our overall performance and progress, and will help guide our efforts toward achieving our University goals and priorities.

Intended Outcomes of the Self-Study

The Self-Study process is intended to help Rutgers gauge its progress toward meeting its institutional goals and addressing its priorities in the context of ongoing planning and assessment processes. The anticipated outcomes of the Self-Study are:

A compelling demonstration of how Rutgers currently meets all of the Middle States Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation, resulting in our reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education;

Reaffirmation that Rutgers’ mission, goals and priorities remain clear and appropriate in light of the multiple significant changes the University has experienced over the last several years;

An institutional analysis that is closely aligned with our ongoing strategic planning activities and provides a transparent and realistic appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the University, including our progress in meeting the institutional goals and priorities identified in the University Strategic Plan;

Capitalizing on the overlapping efforts of the Self-Study and strategic planning to inform institutional decision-making and to identify specific opportunities and challenges;

An evaluation of the status of Rutgers' integration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey ("UMDNJ"), indicating which functions and processes have been fully integrated, which remain separate, and which are still in the process of transition;

An examination of the quality and effectiveness of Rutgers' planning and assessment processes, methods and measurements to ensure that they are focused on continuous improvement and used to inform institutional decision-making and change; and

A limited set of high-level suggestions and/or recommendations that can serve as the foundation for ongoing institutional improvement and for advancing our progress toward meeting the goals and priorities identified in the University’s Strategic Plans.