Dr. Rosalie Mirenda
As the fall semester begins, I want to share with you the next steps in the process of application for university status. The chair of the visiting team, here from August 18-21, 2008, will submit a written report to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) within one month. The PDE will then send this report to us for our review and response. Once our response is developed and returned to PDE, several PDE administrators will examine it before our request for university status is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. At least 30 days are set aside for public consideration before the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education can rule on our request. It is impossible to predict how long the entire process may take.
The visiting team assessed every aspect of Neumann College and, in its preliminary oral exit report, noted commendations, recommendations, and suggestions. Their valuable insights will provide us with areas for examination and discussion as we continue the process toward university status and create the strategic plan for 2010 - 2014. Once again, thank you for all your prayers, hard work and participation throughout the process to date.
With gratitude and great faith, we move forward together to advance Neumann College's mission through university status.