2011-2013 Middle States Review

The accreditation evaluation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a major process 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 that 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 re-accreditation review in 2003 and expectations for its continuing transformation in the years ahead. Your feedback, questions, and comments on the self-study are important. Although the period of time has passed for comments for recommendations or changes to the self-study report, you can continue to submit your thoughts online to share with the Middle States Review committee.

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 as site visits by the Middle States evaluation team are scheduled.

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