From Stephen J. Kopp, Ph.D. (President), and Gayle L. Ormiston, Ph.D. (Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs)

January 20, 2012

Dear Marshall University Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to the website for the university’s Quality Improvement Initiative, one part of the university’s larger endeavor to earn continued accreditation in 2015 through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. Through this site you will have access to supporting documents and results of the university’s collaboration with the Higher Learning Commission, as it implements HLC’s new accreditation process called the Pathways Demonstration Project.

In April 2011, Marshall University was selected and invited to join a cohort of 20 other institutions (public and private; four-year and two-year) to participate in the new Pathways Demonstration accreditation process.  Pathways replaces the traditional PEAQ (Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality) accreditation process in which Marshall has participated historically and most recently for its accreditation review in 2005.  Under the schedule for the PEAQ process, Marshall’s next comprehensive accreditation review would have taken place in academic year 2015-2016.  However, the HLC is eliminating the PEAQ process effective in 2015.  So, as an alternative to PEAQ the HLC has invited the university to participate in the Open Pathways project…MORE



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