Message from Dennis Assanis,
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


Dear Members of the Stony Brook University Community:

President StanleyEvery ten years, the University is subject to a review of its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. We are now at the start of that process. It will entail the development of a self-study report, work on which has begun and will continue into the next two academic years, and a visit by an evaluation team in spring 2014. This is an important event in the life of an institution: a time to examine its goals and programs, to obtain advice and validation from peers at other institutions, and to seek public reaffirmation by its regional accrediting agency.

Due to the size, complexity and scope of an institution such as ours, it has been decided that Stony Brook will engage in a comprehensive self-study, which will investigate topics such as the assessment of institutional effectiveness and student learning, the interdisciplinarity of knowledge, the integration of our educational offerings and research activities, the inclusion of diversity and internationalization in our curricula, as well as many other issues of key importance in the development of plans that will shape the future of Stony Brook.

This web site has been developed to share with all members of our community past Middle States reports so that we can see where we have been, the improvements we have made based on our past accreditation findings, information pertaining to the standards required for MSCHE accreditation, as well as detailed information on the current self-study process. Information on members of the Middle States Planning Committee and Working Groups, the 2013-2014 self-study design plan, and public presentations and events can all be found on the Middle States web site. We will continue to update this site with our progress, and provide a community feedback email address so that there is an opportunity for additional members of the University community to contribute to the self-study. 

In advance, I express my appreciation for your input, feedback and cooperation with the Planning Committee and the working groups as they proceed with their tasks. 

Sincerely,

Dennis N. Assanis
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs