Meiji Gakuin University submitted a request in 2009-10 academic year to the Japan University Accreditation Association (hereinafter referred to as the Association) based on the self-inspection and evaluation conducted in 2008-09 academic year. In response, the University underwent a written evaluation and an on-campus inspection and was approved for accreditation, receiving the statement: “Based on the evaluation, your university is deemed to be in compliance with the Association’s university accreditation criteria.” This accreditation is valid until March 31, 2017.
Meiji Gakuin University clearly stated in 1994, in its university regulations, of its intention to conduct a self-inspection and evaluation, and as such formulated the Meiji Gakuin University Self-Inspection and Evaluation Regulation and established the Self-Inspection and Evaluation Management Committee to promote its self-inspection and evaluation activities involving the entire university and relevant corporations. In 2004, a requirement was adopted for universities to receive an evaluation (evaluation and accreditation) by an evaluation and accreditation agency authorized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology every seven years or less. To meet this requirement,
Meiji Gakuin University received its evaluation in 2009-10 academic year.
In the evaluation results, under the “Overall Evaluation,” the university received a comprehensive evaluation on a wide range of aspects, including “University-Wide Approach toward Philosophy and Achievement of Objectives,” “System for Self-Inspection and Evaluation,” and “Efforts to Enhance Strengths and Resolve Issues.” Additionally, the following points were raised as noteworthy issues.
Under the category of “Noteworthy Strengths,” the University received highly positive comments for its maintenance and passing down of its cultural heritage values, including the conservation work of commemorative and historical structures (e.g., the Chapel, Memorial Hall, Imbrie Hall) being carried out in a planned manner; and the publication of the digital archives of the Japanese and English Dictionary; with an English and Japanese Index, which influenced the university’s establishment. As “Advice,” we received comments on 11 issues with regard to the university’s educational content and methods, acceptance of students, student life, research environment, management and operation, and finances; for example, the post-class survey results not being used systematically to improve class quality, the syllabus descriptions of some faculties/departments varying in quality, and the lower enrollment rate of graduate school students against maximum capacity. We at the University intend to take the feedback to heart and pour our efforts into improving and enhancing the necessary aspects based on our medium- to long-term plan in the future. With regard to these issues raised as “Advice,” we will report on our progress to the Association in three years, in 2013.
As Meiji Gakuin University celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2013, we will rededicate ourselves to the school’s founding principles of “character building through Christianity” and do our utmost in improving and maintaining the quality of education and research based on our three-pronged plan formulated based the university’s educational principles “Do for Others,” which are (1) to reform education and improve and expand campuses; (2) to enhance language education and vitalize international exchange; and (3) to promote a unified school program and contribute to the local community.
March 25, 2010
Haruki Onishi (President, Meiji Gakuin University)