Defining the design or organizational structure of the self-study is an important early step in the Middle States review process. Middle States does not prescribe a specific model, allowing each university or college to devise a self-study that best reflects the institution and its strategic priorities.
For The New School’s self-study, we have organized the 14 standards (PDF) set by Middle States into six areas, each of which will be discussed in a chapter of the report: vision and leadership; infrastructure; faculty; students; programs and curriculum; and assessment. Over-arching themes central to this university’s mission—academic quality, distributed education, and innovation—will be explored in all chapters.
You can view the diagram below, which illustrates this basic structure, or read the comprehensive self-study design narrative (PDF).