Message from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

Dear Members of the Stony Brook University Community:

President Stanley

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.

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.

Our Middle States Planning Committee presented our Self-Study Design Plan to Middle States and received approval in June 2012. We are now poised to begin the task of utilizing this document as a blueprint for the self-study process. Six working groups, composed of administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other constituents, will review the Self-Study Design Plan and carry out their respective charges. Each working group will gather evidence and generate a report which focuses on evaluation, assessment, recommendations, and strategies for improvement.

Over the next two years, we will strive to better understand ourselves through analysis and collaboration, and your participation is an integral component of our Middle States reaccreditation effort. Please review the material on this website to better understand the Middle States reaccreditation process, to keep abreast of developments and to provide feedback. I encourage you to visit this website regularly, submit inquiries to our Steering Committee and working groups, and attend town hall meetings and related events.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Steering Committee, members of the working groups and our entire University community for your continued commitment to this process and our University. The importance of this endeavor cannot be overstated. Your hard work and commitment are not only vital but also greatly appreciated. 


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD




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