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Middle States Commission Reaffirms Accreditation for RMU

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Pittsburgh – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed Robert Morris University’s accreditation through 2022, an important validation of the quality of the university’s governance and curriculum.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is one of eight regional accrediting bodies for degree-granting institutions nationwide, and it provides accreditation for institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commission conducts a major evaluation of each of its member colleges and universities every 10 years, and RMU’s most recent previous reaccreditation occurred in 2002.

RMU received commendations from the Middle States Commission for both the quality of its self-study process and its self-study report, and the commission imposed no requirements for improvement upon the university. More than 100 RMU faculty, staff, and students participated in the self-study process, in which the university evaluated its programs and governance based on the Commission’s 14 standards.

The self-study report was then assessed by a team of peer evaluators, selected by the Commission from other Middle States member colleges and universities, which conducted its own review of the evidence presented in the report.

 “To have objective affirmation from the Commission and our colleagues on the peer review team of the quality of our institution is rewarding testimony to the strength of Robert Morris University,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo in a message today to faculty and staff.

“I look forward to working with each of you to continue progress toward even greater excellence in living out the core values that make us what we are,” said Dell’Omo.

Among the factors considered are the strength of the university’s core curriculum, its financial operations, role of the Board of Trustees, and the degree to which the mission of the university’s various units are in alignment. Ann Jabro, RMU university professor of communication, oversaw the self-study process and David Majka, director of institutional research and associate professor of learning resources, compiled the report.

“The success of our result is due in no small measure to the countless hours and high quality work that Ann and David invested in assuring our accreditation. I would also like to commend Provost David Jamison for his overall leadership of the project, including his work as our accreditation liaison officer in maintaining vital informative and collaborative links with the Middle States Commission and the peer-review team,” said Dell’Omo. 

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.