College Periodic Review Report Submitted for Campus Feedback

Acting President and Provost Larry Vote has asked that the campus community provide feedback on the current draft of the Middle States Periodic Review Report available on the Portal.

Every 10 years, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education requires a major self-study assessing the institution. Based on the self-study, the Commission reviews the College and makes recommendations for improvement. Five years later, the College is required to submit a Periodic Review Report. It responds to recommendations made by the Commission, outlines challenges and opportunities, looks at enrollment and finance trends and projects, assesses institutional effectiveness and student learning and links institution planning and budgeting. “It’s critical to our accreditation process,” said Dean of Students Laura Bayless. “It helps external people understand what we’re doing and helps us evaluate ourselves.”

Bayless and associate professor of psychology Cynthia Koenig are responsible for drafting the document.  According to Bayless, they have pulled together experts from across campus to contribute to the draft but would also like to receive feedback from students. “We know a lot about the College, but we don’t know every detail. We want the document to truly reflect the College,” she said.

Students are asked to review the Report on the Portal and send feedback to selfstudy@smcm.edu.

Letter from College Leadership: Respect Our Campus

Since Oct. 16, 10 campus buildings and landmarks have been tagged with spray paint.
Since Oct. 16, 10 campus buildings and landmarks have been tagged with spray paint.

As you may know, over the last few weeks, buildings on our campus have been defaced with spray paint in seven separate incidents. This is particularly surprising and dismaying for our campus that has a history of care and respect for our place. Students, faculty, and staff are disheartened by this recent vandalism. At the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting on October 27, 2009, the SGA passed a resolution that does not condone acts of vandalism on a campus and that thanks Physical Plant for their extra time, energy, and resources in responding to the vandalism.

The time and cost to repair this damage must be diverted from other priorities. The estimated cost to repair this damage is $2,500. This amount equates to funding twelve St. Mary’s Projects, eleven windows being replaced in residence halls, or two comedians sponsored by Programs Board.

More importantly, there is a social cost that impacts the entire community. We hope that raised campus awareness will stop this senseless behavior. Please report any information you may have to Public Safety at 240.895.4911. Working together, we can create our community built on respect.

-Justin Perry, President, SGA; Bob Paul, President, Faculty Senate; Larry E. Vote, Acting President, SMCM