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  • Middle States Review

  • Overview

    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. 

    Updates

    June 2022 

    On June 21, 2022, we met with our liaison from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, who gave a presentation on accreditation, the role of the commission, and the commission's expectations for our Self-Study. You can view the presentation here. The liaison also met with the President, Board of Trustees, Provost, and Self-Study Steering Committee to discuss our Self-Study Design. Having accepted the Self-Study Design, we are now permitted to moving forward with our Self-Study. Working Groups will convene in the fall to start gathering evidence of how we are meeting both Middle States’ and our own standards. 

    You can read the Self-Study Design here. It is a comprehensive overview of how we will approach our Self-Study. Here are some of the main points: 

    • We are guided by our overarching goal: to realize a collaborative Self-Study that prioritizes the Four Pillars of Fearless Progress and integrates with Strategic Planning. 
      The Self-Study process entails the creation of seven working groups to find evidence that we are meeting MSCHE’s seven standards (and our own goals). 
    • The Self-Study Steering Committee, with representatives from all Working Groups, will help guide the Working Groups. The chairs of the Steering Committee are Jin Kim, Michael Schober, and Luciana Scrutchen. 
      We have 93 faculty, staff, students, and trustees participating in this effort. You can view all members here
    • Working Groups will meet monthly during fall 2022 and spring 2023 to document the degree to which we are meeting the standards. This includes finding the evidence itself, considering the evidence in meetings, and writing a report.
    • The Steering Committee will provide a number of resources, including templates for reports, draft meeting agendas, prospective meeting dates, preliminary evidence, and more to help guide the Working Groups. 
    • The Working Groups will solicit community feedback on their draft reports in spring 2023. After submitting their final reports by the end of that semester, the Working Groups’ charge is finished.
    • The Steering Committee will compile and edit the report over the summer and fall of 2023 and the final Self-Study will be sent to a Peer Evaluation Team, which will visit our campus in spring 2024.

    February 2022

    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. 

    The Provost’s Office is working on an operating framework and assembling working groups, including soliciting nominations of working group members. Each of the working groups will be tasked with reporting on one of the seven MSCHE standards in a dedicated chapter. Each standard comprises a series of criteria. The standards—and some examples of their criteria—are as follows:  

    Standard I - Mission and Goals
    I.2: institutional goals that are realistic, appropriate to higher education, and consistent with mission

    Standard II - Ethics and Integrity
    I.2: a climate that fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administration from a range of diverse backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives
    I.5: fair and impartial practices in the hiring, evaluation, promotion, discipline, and separation of employees

    Standard III - Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
    III.3: sufficient learning opportunities and resources to support both the institution’s programs of study and students’ academic progress

    Standard IV - Support of the Student Experience
    IV.6: periodic assessment of the effectiveness of programs supporting the student experience

    Standard V - Educational Effectiveness Assessment
    V.2: organized and systematic assessments, conducted by faculty and/or appropriate professionals, evaluating the extent of student achievement of institutional and degree/program goals 

    Standard VI - Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
    VI.3: a financial planning and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution’s mission and goals, evidence-based, and clearly linked to the institution’s and units’ strategic plans/objectives

    Standard VII - Governance, Leadership, and Administration
    VII.1: a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision making by each constituency, including governing body, administration, faculty, staff and students

    You can learn more about the standards and their linked criteria here. The working groups will investigate the degree to which we are meeting each of these criteria and provide evidence and documentation to support its findings. They are also tasked with providing recommendations for the university to strengthen its institutional priorities in relation to the standards. The working groups will be completing their chapters of the self-study over the 2022-2023 academic year. 

    The self-study is meant to be an inclusive, campus-wide process for reflection that connects with the many broader strategic planning efforts underway at the university. To meet this goal, broad participation and comprehensive faculty and administrative representation in the working groups, including a range of viewpoints from across the university’s communities, is essential. If you are a faculty or staff member interested in being considered for participation, please complete this form

    There will be an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about the self-study process during a virtual visit by our MSCHE liaison at the end of the spring 2022 semester. 

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    Phone: 212.229.8947
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