January 2020 Accreditation Update

The Accreditation Committee has been working hard during the months of October, November and December to accomplish our first critical task. The Middle States Association challenges schools to review and then revise and reaffirm their “foundational documents.” These documents include a Mission Statement, Core Values and a Profile of our Graduates.

This process purposefully demands healthy dialogue among the representatives on the Committee and recommits the present generation to a continuum of learning that our founder set in motion. We need to be assured that we are a current, relevant and meaningful educational institution that will form and change the lives of our students. We must commit to develop our graduates to be “fit citizens” wherever they are, and that they have the skills and abilities to accomplish whatever they set out to do!

The Committee has submitted its recommendations for our revised Mission Statement, our Core Values and our Profile of our Graduates to the Board of City Trusts committee that will review and approve our recommendation. Meanwhile, the Committee moves on to the data gathering phase. We look forward to providing our next update soon.

Accreditation Announcement September 2019

Dear Girard College Community,

An important part of Girard College continuing to be a venerable institution is that we aspire to improve the quality of education, not only here but in the United States and the world. Girard is an accredited member of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. The MSA is a network of schools in the US and internationally that provide a network of resources for the promotion of standards and proven practices in education.

Every seven years, in accordance with our membership with Middle States Association, we conduct a full year of reflection and formal self-study. 2019-20 is that year. We are asked to select one of the two protocols to guide our process and we have chosen “Excellence By Design.” We will follow the procedures and guidelines of the protocol and work with our new Strategic Plan as our compass.

Next year, we will have a team of volunteers from other MSA member schools form our Visiting Team with a chairperson. That small team will collaborate with us, review our self-study and make their recommendation to MSA that we successfully meet all 12 of the MSA accreditation standards. We will also have demonstrated that we have adequate plans for our objectives for improvement and growth. Most importantly, I believe, is that we assure there is a solid, dependable and uncompromising structure in place which undertakes ongoing institutional evaluation so that our plans become reality.

Our calling as professional educators is to understand fully everything that goes into the culture of a school and the art and the science of instruction and learning. We must keep ourselves current and relevant because we serve children who must be able to live the future well, and as Mr. Girard hoped, they must also be able to be productive citizens.

I look forward to keeping you up to date and informed about the progress of the accreditation self-study and our work for the ongoing improvement and growth of our school.

Hail Girard!
Cannie C. Shafer
Director of Accreditation and Assessment

Accreditation Planning Committee 2019-20

  1. Amber Alexis, Dean of Residential Life
  2. Sylvia Bastani, CFRE,CPC, Vice President of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships
  3. Lisa Belfield, Director of Data Strategy and Impact
  4. Stan Bobowski, Managing Director of Education
  5. Kymelle Clark, Dean of Counseling and Student Affairs
  6. Corey Durkin, High School Faculty
  7. A.J. Ernst, Dean of High School Academy
  8. Tim Farward ’93, Alumnus
  9. Brandon Herbert, Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment
  10. Tara Pelosi, Elementary/Middle School Faculty
  11. Justice Ricketts ’20, President of Student Body
  12. Emma Rivers, Administrative Assistant for Accreditation and Assessment
  13. Lucille Seals, Parent ’24
  14. Cannie Shafer, Director of Accreditation and Assessment
  15. Bernard Smalley, Esq., Chairman, Board of Directors of City Trusts
  16. Jon Tucker, Vice President of Operations
  17. Clinton Walters, Controller, Girard Estate
  18. Dr. Heather Wathington, President of Girard College
  19. Dr. Michelle Williams, Academic Dean of High School, 11th – 12th