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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Affirms the University’s Accreditation
October 13, 2009, Volume 56, No. 07

Midway between the decennial accreditation review (completed in 2004) and the next full review that will take place in 2013-14, the University was subject to a Periodic Review Report (PRR).  While the 2004 review focused on the University’s research doctoral programs, the scope of the PRR encompassed the entire University, including both graduate and undergraduate academic programs and the planning and budgeting processes that underlie them. 

The PRR report was prepared by a core team of individuals in the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, including Andrew Binns, Vice Provost for Education; Joann Mitchell, Vice President for Institutional Affairs; Bonnie Gibson, Vice President for Budget and Management Analysis; Stacey Lopez, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research; Rob Nelson, Director for Education; and Karen Lawrence, Assistant Director for Education.  Extensive consultation took place within the University, including with the Council of Deans, the Council of Graduate Deans, and the Council of Undergraduate Deans. The report was reviewed by the leadership of the Faculty Senate and the University Council, a University-wide committee composed of faculty, staff and student representatives that is advisory to the President, Provost, and Executive Vice Presidents. Copies of the Executive Summary are available upon request from the Office of the Provost.

The PRR report was reviewed on behalf of the MSCHE by distinguished colleagues from Columbia University and the New School, and upon their recommendation, the University’s accreditation status was reaffirmed.

—Andrew Binns, Vice Provost for Education

Almanac - October 13, 2009, Volume 56, No. 07