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.
The diagram below illustrates this basic structure, or read the comprehensive self-study design narrative (PDF).