Dr. Mary Grace Simcox, PA College’s President, shares weekly notes with the College’s faculty and staff to encourage and inspire the College Community. We thought this particular note was especially inspiring and wanted to share it with all of you!Our first month with students is now behind us! I’m sure many of us remain elated while others are still trying to get the world to stop spinning. This is not like any time in the College’s history. In fact, I wanted to take a short look at our recent history to help put in perspective the incredible work that you have already done.
With the move onto the new campus and the thermonuclear burst of energy brought with the students this semester, it’s easy to believe that the main thing is the new buildings and what we can do there. But I wanted to share some of the comments from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which I shared with faculty and staff during convocation (which seems like ages ago already). In response to our Periodic Review Report, the MSCHE had some extraordinary praise for the College.
Regarding our change management, they wrote: “The consistency of the mission and vision leading the institution down a path to success is remarkable considering the extent of the growth and changes.”
Citing all the progress made in expanding our degree offerings since 2008 and our move, they noted that, “The significance of this progress and the amount of work involved cannot be overstated. The College’s apparent strength in, and commitment to, creating a culture of collegiality, collaboration and data-driven decision making has made this progress possible in a, relatively speaking, short time frame.”
This comment on our accomplishments with accreditation standards took my breath away: “Its commitment to maintaining accreditation standards (often rising to a model of best practices) and to delivering a quality education to its students is obvious.” I cannot tell you how proud I am to read this, and to know it remains backed up by the knowledge that our nursing graduates who took the NCLEX in April-June had a 91.5 percent passing rate.
Now, I want you to consider that the College earned this incredible praise while we moved our entire campus. Think about that. In the midst of a radical physical disruption to the College, these are the kinds of results we produced with our students. Now think about what we can do all in one place.
The MSCHE response also included these lines: “The reviewers are confident that with its existing high degree of self-awareness, continuous monitoring of progress, and ongoing systematic assessment of all aspects of operations and services, PA College is poised for a bright and sustainable future.” Like the man said: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.