Middle States Accreditation

2020 Reaccreditation of the Graduate School and University Center

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What is Middle States accreditation?

logo - MSCHE Middle States Commission on Higher EducationThe 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.

What is the Graduate School and University Center?

The Graduate School and University Center includes the following schools and programs, which will go through the reaccreditation process together as one institution:

The Graduate Center CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY CUNY School of Professional Studies
CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Macaulay Honors College
The CUNY Baccalaureate Program at The Graduate Center  

What is the current accreditation status of the Graduate School and University Center?

The Graduate School and University Center was originally awarded accreditation in 1961 and was most recently reaccredited by Middle States in 2015.

Statement of Accreditation »

How does Middle States accreditation evaluate us?

Middle States evaluates schools on how well they meet 7 Standards for Accreditation and 15 Requirements of Affiliation.

The standards address seven key questions that are important to the success of any institution of higher learning:

  1. Does it have a well-defined mission appropriate to higher education?
  2. Does it comply with high standards of ethics and integrity?
  3. Does it provide students with rigorous and coherent learning experiences?
  4. Is it committed to supporting students in their learning experiences?
  5. Does it effectively assess how well students are learning?
  6. Do planning and resource processes support the mission of the school?
  7. Is the school governed in a way that supports its mission and goals?

For each Standard, Middle States asks if the institution has processes in places to assess its success and use the results of the assessment for continuous improvement.

Why does Middle States accreditation matter?

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.

How do we prepare?

We have been working on 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 reports on each of the standards for each of the schools. The first draft of that self-study was available to the community for review in November 2019.

The Self-Study

The self-study is available to read at this link or the Middle States site on CUNY Academic Commons

The Site Visit

The Middle States team site visit scheduled for March 29 to April 1 has been postponed to October 4 to October 7.