2011-2013 Middle States Review
The accreditation evaluation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a major undertaking that universities in the region must undergo every ten years. Originally, The New School was to be evaluated in 2012–2013. Because this process offered the university an ideal opportunity to take a comprehensive look at our student experience, faculty, academic programs, administrative operations, resources, and infrastructure, President Van Zandt submitted a request for a one-year extension so the process would align with the university’s strategic planning process.
This website is designed to inform and educate the community about the re-accreditation of The New School. Over the last year, a university-wide steering committee produced a self-study to assess our standing, performance, and progress in relation to the 14 standards of excellence (PDF) outlined by Middle States. The self-study demonstrates our strengths, identifies areas for improvement, and articulates the priorities established in our academic vision.
The self-study provides a vivid picture of The New School, including changes since the last reaccreditation review in 2003 and expectations for its continuing transformation in the years ahead. Your feedback, questions, and comments on the self-study are important. You can submit your thoughts here or participate in a university-wide forum on the self-study on October 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Theresa Lang Center in Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street.
In addition to displaying the self-study, this site will serve as a repository for updates, documentation, and messages from the Steering Committee and university leadership as the process unfolds and site visits by the Middle States evaluation team are scheduled.