• 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. 

    March 2023 Update

    The surveys are now closed. Working Groups are meeting to review and incorporate feedback into their final reports.

    In early 2022, the provost announced the beginning of our cyclical Self-Study for reaffirmation of accreditation with our regional accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Roughly 100 student, faculty, staff, and trustee participants stepped forward to research our adherence to the commission’s standards—as well as our own mission and goals. Participants were divided into groups based on the standards and have been working over the last year to write their reports on how we are currently meeting those standards. 

    We are now asking for your feedback on the reports your peers, your colleagues, and community members drafted over the last year. This is a crucial part of this process, and any feedback you provide will be read and considered by the working group members. We ask that feedback be concise, specific, and constructive. Feedback that points to additional evidence of our adherence to the criteria, identifies discrepancies, or provides recommendations for improvement is especially welcome. 

    Please note that these drafts are preliminary and will be finalized with your input. We are still working on identifying evidence and aggregating data to maintain privacy standards but plan to provide versions with evidence to the community in later drafts. 

    You can find the reports hosted on our website, below. You will also find a survey, where you can respond to the reports. Note that you are free to provide as much feedback as you like, on one, several, or all reports.

    The survey will remain open from March 8 through March 29. The feedback you submit is anonymous and will be provided to the relevant working groups, who will revise and finalize their reports over April. The Steering Committee will compile all reports, edit them, and provide a final report to the peer evaluation team in the fall. The process culminates in a visit by the peer evaluation team in spring 2024, with determination of our accreditation status to follow.

    Standard I - Mission and Goals

    Standard II - Ethics and Integrity

    Standard III - Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

    Standard IV - Support of the Student Experience

    Standard V - Educational Effectiveness Assessment

    Standard VI - Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement

    Standard VII - Governance, Leadership, and Administration

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