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January 21, 2015

Middle States Commission reaccredits University

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaccredited the University. As one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States, the commission every 10 years reviews member institutions to ensure compliance with its standards of accreditation and characteristics of excellence in higher education.

The commission’s conclusion to reaccredit the University was drawn from a review of an extensive institutional self-study, as well as interviews with Board of Trustees members, University leadership, faculty, staff, and students.

A steering committee cochaired by Richard Feldman, dean of the College, and Donna Brink Fox, senior associate dean of academic and student affairs at the Eastman School, guided the University’s reaccreditation effort. The steering committee also drafted and finalized the self-study over a period of two years, based on contributions from more than 60 faculty and staff organized into six working groups as well as the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, and the Board of Trustees.

“I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone in our University community who was involved in the reaccreditation effort over a period of several years,” says President Joel Seligman. “Let me especially recognize the steering committee members and cochairs for their outstanding work in ensuring that the University so effectively demonstrated its compliance with the Middle States standards. Middle States accreditation is a strong indicator of the University’s standing as a world-class academic institution and affirmation our trajectory for the future.”

“Reaccreditation is important for the University and reflects well on the efforts of many people,” says Provost Peter Lennie. “In particular, the steering committee cochairs and the self-study working groups prepared an exceptional self-study. Everyone involved in the crafting of this report should feel proud.”

The University’s self-study, The Meliora Imperative: A Self-Study, can be read at http://internal.rochester.edu/provost/middlestates/SelfStudy.pdf.

To read the commission’s action approving the University’s reaccreditation, visit www.rochester.edu/provost/middlestates.

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