Middle States Steering Committee Launches Blog
Syracuse University’s Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee has launched a blog to keep the campus community informed on the progress of the reaccreditation process now underway.
The blog, which can be accessed via the University’s Middle States website at middlestates.syr.edu, will be alternately authored by Steering Committee co-chairs Jeff Stanton, professor and associate provost for academic affairs; Rochelle Ford, professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications; and Libby Barlow, assistant vice president, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Posts will provide regular updates on Middle States 2018: Peer Review, Reflection, Momentum—a multi-phase, multi-year process that culminates with a site visit and review by higher education professionals from peer institutions in spring 2018.
Middle States accreditation is a critical designation that serves as a public indicator of educational quality and institutional accountability. It signifies to peer universities, current and potential students, and other stakeholders that the University is operating acceptably and in accordance with its mission, vision and Middle States standards of accreditation. Accreditation also is required in order for Syracuse University students to be eligible for federal student aid.
The comprehensive reaccreditation review process is required every 10 years, along with a periodic review every five years, in order for an institution to retain its Middle States accreditation. Syracuse University currently is at the 10-year self-study mark.
A draft reaccreditation report will be posted for campus feedback from mid-April through September, with a final report due to Middle States by December.
To read the first installment of the blog, click here.