The Catholic University of America

Oct. 30, 2009

Chair of Accreditation Team Visits Catholic University

  President Garibaldi, standing fourth from left next to CUA Provost James Brennan, at a lunch meeting with other members of the university's Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, The Catholic University of America welcomed to campus Antoine Garibaldi, president of Gannon University, chair of the team that in April will be evaluating CUA for its periodic reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Garibaldi's day of meetings with CUA's administrators, trustees and members of the university's Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee represents an important step in the process of the university's reaccreditation as an institution of higher education.

All universities are evaluated for reaccreditation on a 10-year cycle, and universities in the District of Columbia and in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware are reaccredited by the Middle States Commission, which is a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Since October 2007, the university has been engaged in a self-study as part of the reaccreditation process, and recently completed a preliminary 180-page draft of its self-study report. The report evaluates Catholic University's goals and programs, as well as documenting evidence that CUA is in compliance with Middle States standards.

On Dec. 14, the draft self-study report will be posted online so that the university community can read it and provide feedback. Between the dates of Jan. 11 and Jan. 31, town hall meetings will be held on campus to solicit additional feedback about the self-study and the quality of the university's programs and goals.


Father O'Connell and President Garibaldi

From April 11 to April 14, President Garibaldi will return to campus with a team of about 10 Middle States evaluators - faculty and administrators from peer institutions - to conduct the official site evaluation of the university, comparing what they find to what is written in the self-study. The evaluators will determine whether the university meets the standards for accreditation and interview administrators, faculty, staff, students and trustees to get their assessment of the university.

The evaluation team that visits the campus will then discuss their findings among themselves and arrive at a consensus. President Garibaldi will write the team report, which will include the team's recommended decision regarding accreditation, and will transmit the report to the Middle States Commission and to Catholic University. The commission will then consider, approve, amend or reject accreditation, and Catholic University will disseminate the news of the commission's decision or actions.

For more information about Catholic University's self-study and reaccreditation process, visit