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Accreditation Review for UMass Lowell

Self-Study Timetable


September: Self-Study Co-Chairs appointed

October 13: Self-Study Co-Chairs, President of the Faculty Senate, the Assoc. Dean of Student Affairs, and the Assoc. Vice Chancellor for financial Services attended the NEASC Self Study Workshop in Southbridge, MA.

November 2: Steering Committee first meeting

December 5: Standard Sub-Committee Chairs attended a Steering Committee retreat to discuss key concerns about the self-study process, writing tips, standards, etc.

December 7-9: Self-Study Co-Chairs attended the NEASC 126th Annual Meeting and Conference


January: Standard Sub-Committee Co-Chairs contacted their committee members to orient them to the standard

Early February: Orientation to the self-study process and reception was held for all Standard Sub-Committee members, organized by the Steering Committee Co-Chairs.

February: Steering Committee Co-Chair Charlotte Mandell met with Division heads from Student Affairs to describe the re-accreditation and self-study process.

Mid-February: Standard Sub-Committee Co-Chairs met with their sub-committee and began work on the detailed outline of their standard.

End of March: Steering Committee Co-Chairs submitted the detailed outline of their standard

March: Standard Sub-Committees met as needed during the spring semester 2012 and made suggestions based on their review of the standard criteria.

Spring: Sub-Committees and Institutional Research began work on data tables.

Late spring: Steering Committee Co-Chairs held a group meeting with all Standard Sub-Committee Co-Chairs to update them on the progress of the self-study and the timeline.

June: Steering Committee Co-Chairs member presented the Self-Study process at the University Strategic Planning Retreat. 

June 30: Each Standard Sub-Committee submitted a draft of the narrative of their standard to the Steering Committee Co-Chairs. 

July/August: Drafts of the various standards were carefully reviewed by the Steering Committee Co-Chairs.

Summer: A repository for evidence was developed on the share-it web site. 

September: Steering Committee Co-Chairs met with each set of Standard Sub-Committee Co-Chairs individually to review comments and suggestions for improving the drafts. 

September 17: Copy of the first draft with the Steering Committee Co-Chairs comments was presented to Carol Anderson from NEASC for review.

September 27: Dr. Anderson met with the Steering Committee Co-Chairs, and a group meeting with all the Standard Sub-Committee Co-Chairs was also held.

Fall: Ideas were solicited about ways to obtain input from the entire university community during the fall 2012 semester prior to the last draft of the self-study.

October: Self-Study co-chairs meeting with NEASC consultant

October 15: Standard Sub-Committee Co-Chairs deliver the first drafts to their sub-committee to develop the second draft based on suggested revisions and return the second draft to the Steering Committee Co-Chairs.


October: Site team visit Oct 6, 7 and 8th. The final exit interview will be held on Oct 9th.

March/April: Open forums for the NEASC self study. We have provided an online form for you to easily submit your review. 

  • Monday, March 18th, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Alumni Hall 
  • Tuesday, March 26th, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Alumni Hall
  • Thursday, March 28th, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., O'Leary 222
  • Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., O'Leary 222