The Graduate School and University Center is embarking on its reaccreditation effort by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Middle States is the accrediting body for higher education institutions in the mid-Atlantic region. Schools accredited by Middle States go through a reaccreditation every eight years.
The Graduate School and University Center will go through the accreditation as one body, which includes The Graduate Center, the Craig Newman School of Journalism, the School of Labor and Urban Studies (formerly the Murphy Institute), the School of Public Health and Health Policy, the School of Professional Studies, the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Macaulay Honors College.
Middle States evaluates schools on how well they meet seven standards and 16 Requirements of Affiliation.
The standards address seven key questions that are important to the success of any institution of higher learning:
Middle States accreditation is a collective reflection process evaluating how well higher education institutions like ours achieve their mission and goals, what things need to be addressed immediately and what can be recommended for the next eight years. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for the community in each school to think critically about its priorities and bring constructive suggestions and healthy discussion to ensure student success and the institution’s sustainable development.
We are preparing a self-study overseen by a Middle States Steering Committee, which includes co-chairs of seven working groups and representatives of each of the schools involved. The study will report on each of the standards for each of the schools. The first draft of that self-study will be available to the community for review in early May 2019.
Whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff member, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard. A good place to start is by taking a look at the Middle States webpage under the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. There, you will find some helpful FAQs.
We invite you to review our past accreditation documents and our current self-study design.
We will soon provide an opportunity for you share your feedback to the self-study report. We look forward to your thoughtful questions and constructive opinion for our continuous institutional improvement.