Middle States Commission on Higher Education: An Update

To the Campus Community:

Stony Brook University hosted its site visit of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education from March 30 through April 2. This site visit is an integral part of the process by which Universities apply for reaffirmation of accreditation, as is the preparation of the Self-Study, which demonstrates how colleges and universities continue to meet Middle States’ 14 standards for accreditation.

I am pleased to report that by all accounts, the site visit was a success. According to feedback from the exit interview and the preliminary draft report, Stony Brook University is in compliance with all 14 standards of excellence in the Middle States Review. During the exit interview, we were told by the review chair that he has served as chair of many Middle States review teams and Stony Brook “raised the bar and set a new bar” in terms of our self-study, our level of engagement as a campus, and in terms of our organization of the site visit.

This was welcome news and I extend my appreciation and congratulations to the entire Middle States Reaccreditation Steering Committee, led by Co-Chairs Daniel Davis and Charlie Robbins and Middle States Coordinator Lauren Tacke-Cushing.

Next Steps
At this time, the University is reviewing the review team’s draft report to verify factual information (i.e., number of new faculty hires, etc.). The visiting team’s report will then be submitted to the Commission on Accreditation along with our self-study. We will be advised of the final decision following the June meeting of the Commission on Higher Education.

About the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.