Communications Plan

The Self-Study Steering Committee will regularly update UMB’s community through a variety of methods including the monthly President’s message; town halls; email blasts; and articles in The Elm, a weekly digital communication. All communications will educate the UMB community about the value of undergoing the Middle States Self Study inquiry process and a progress update. The communications will also encourage broad participation and solicitation of questions and/or suggestions. 

Additionally, UMB has a Self-Study website to serve as the primary communication platform. UMB will also use an email address to issue communications addressing the Self-Study that will receive both solicited and unsolicited reaction to and questions about the Self-Study. The address is 


Spring Semester: 

Letter to the Community from President Jarrell distributed via email. 

Establishment of Steering and Logistics Committees – deans and vice presidents solicited in person for names of possible members. 

Website created. 

Logistic Committee begins weekly virtual meetings & Steering Committee begins monthly in-person meetings and connections between members begin to form. 

Individual Committee members begin 1-1 and small group conversations in their workplaces. 

Volunteer solicitation form created and distributed in President’s monthly letter. 

Campus-wide Open Session to be held during MSCHE liaison visit to explain, answer questions, and discuss faculty, staff, and student roles in the Self-Study process. 24 

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Fall Semester: 

Regular in person updates to the president, deans, and vice presidents on the progress of the Self-Study process. 

Regular email updates to the campus community on the on the progress of the Self-Study process. 

Digital advertising begins (“e-boards”). 

Articles submitted to the weekly on-line newsletter “The Elm.” 

In person appearances by Steering Committee representatives at Staff Senate; Faculty Senate; Graduate Student Association and University Student Government Association meetings. 

Working Groups’ members arrange small group meetings within their school, program, and department to answer questions with the publicity handled by individual units. 


Spring Semester 

Working Groups submit drafts and members of the UMB community are offered opportunities to comment. 

Town Halls held to educate and engage UMB community surrounding the Self-Study tentative conclusions and recommendations promoted on e-boards, Presidents Newsletter and The Elm 

Fall Semester 

Notice via e-boards, and The Elm, regarding visit of Self Study Team Chair and opportunities to interact, share and learn.