Message from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

Dear Members of the Stony Brook University Community:

President Stanley

By now, you may have heard that Stony Brook is seeking reaffirmation of accreditation. As part of this process, we must engage in a self-review and demonstrate how we continue to meet Middle States’ 14 standards for accreditation. This process affords Stony Brook University the unique opportunity to express our confidence in fulfilling our mission and to examine the quality and integrity of all aspects of our operations. I am delighted to welcome you to our Middle States Reaccreditation website.

As a regional accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (“Middle States”) examines each of its member institutions on a 10-year cycle to help promote educational excellence and ensure compliance with its outlined standards of quality. Stony Brook University received its initial accreditation from Middle States in 1957. Our Middle States membership demonstrates our commitment to self-assessment and to providing a comprehensive world-class education, which inspires lifelong learning.
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Message from Dennis Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dennis Assanis

Dear Members of the Stony Brook University Community:

Every 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.  Read more »




Town Hall Meetings on Reaccreditation

On February 19, 2014, a Town Hall meeting was held on the upcoming Middle States team visit. The presentation included an overview of the self-study process, the visiting team members and the visit schedule. The presentation included questions and feedback from the University attendees.

Presenters included Self-Study Co-Chairs Charles Robbins, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges, Daniel Davis, Professor and Chair of Geosciences, as well as Lauren Tacke-Cushing, Middle States Coordinator.

On December 13, 2012, the Committee on Middle States Reaccreditation held the second of two campus-wide Town Hall meetings outlining the reaccreditation process and soliciting feedback from the University community. This meeting can be viewed here.

Upcoming Events

March 29 -April 2, 2014:
Middle States Reaccreditation Site Visit

Meet the Middle States evaluation team members at the scheduled forums:

Campus Open Forum 
March 31, 11:00 am, Charles B. Wang Center Room 201
Undergraduate Student Forum
March 31, 3:00 pm, Charles B. Wang Center Room 201
Graduate Student Forum
April 1, 3:30 pm, Charles B. Wang Center Room 201
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