• Middle States Review

  • Since 1960, The New School has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The New School’s accreditation was re-affirmed in 2014. It is now time for our 2021-2024 Self-Study, which is a comprehensive process of internal research and reporting that allows us to reflect on how we are meeting our priorities and to demonstrate compliance with MSCHE’s standards. After we submit a comprehensive Self-Study Report in 2023, a team of peer reviewers will visit The New School to conduct their own evaluation in spring 2024.

    This site will be updated as the Self-Study progresses.

    If you have any questions, please contact Paul Kramer, Director of Compliance and Accreditation. 

    Summer 2023 Update

    On July 11, a representative from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), our accreditor, conducted an on-site visit to The New School to convey their concerns regarding adherence to their standards during and after the fall strike. You can view their request and specific areas of concern on our Statement of Accreditation Status. Their visit was prompted by media reporting and a community member’s complaint. 

    During the commission's visit, the MSCHE representative impressed upon us the need to develop policies and processes to minimize confusion when normal campus learning and operations are not available. They highlighted the importance of approaching this work collaboratively with faculty input and with a focus on the success of our students. The provost and academic leadership will be working with faculty across the university to advance thinking in these areas.

    On August 1, we submitted our formal institutional response to MSCHE's information request. MSCHE will deliberate our accreditation status at an upcoming fall meeting and provide us with the outcome in November.

    Upholding our accreditation status is crucial to maintaining institutional credibility; retaining students, faculty, and staff; and preserving our eligibility to disburse federal grants and loans. Higher education is governed by hundreds of regulations, which span all aspects of the institution, including the curriculum, financial aid, and all other operations. Note that these include regulations from MSCHE, New York State, the Department of Education, and other bodies. It will take the buy-in and support of all university faculty and staff to keep us in good standing. 

    We will continue to update this page with the most current information regarding this process.




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