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University Seeks Campus Feedback on Middle States Self-Study Draft Report
Syracuse University’s Middle States Reaccreditation Self-Study Steering Committee is seeking feedback from all University constituencies to the draft self-study report that has been prepared as part of the University’s effort to retain accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The draft report has been posted on a dedicated website—selfstudy.syr.edu—where members of the campus community can log in with their NetID, review the draft, and submit feedback relating to the content. The report is organized by chapter, with Chapter Four encompassing the most critical component of the report—the findings of the working teams charged with assessing Syracuse University’s compliance with Middle States’ seven “standards of excellence.” The chapter comprises sections dedicated to each of the seven standards and an eighth section relating to compliance with federal regulations.
Readers are advised to read an entire chapter before submitting any comment relating to that chapter.
The report will remain posted until Sept. 22, after which final edits will be made with consideration given to campus community feedback. The final draft report will be submitted to Middle States by Dec. 22, and that document will be used as the basis for a campus visit by representatives of peer universities in spring 2018.
Middle States accreditation is required in order for the University to be eligible to receive any federal funds, including federal financial aid for students. Accreditation also serves as a public indicator of quality and accountability, and that the University is operating in accordance with its mission and vision and higher education best practices.