Middle States Re-Affirms USciences Accreditation

Published on November 22, 2016

To the University Community,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that we have received a letter from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that re-affirms our accreditation through 2022-23. The Commission accepted the findings of our March, 2016 monitoring report and the site visit team report of June, 2016.

The University made tremendous progress over the past few years in demonstrating how it integrates assessment, planning and resource allocation and this was evident to the Commission and the site visitors. This progress was possible due to the outstanding efforts made by the entire campus community, and we are committed to sustaining and building upon these areas of improvement.

We thank you all for your dedication to our University and your ongoing commitment - not just for compliance with accreditation requirements, but for creating more effective, more efficient academic and operational practices that benefits our students, faculty, staff and the other communities we serve.  We want to express a special thanks to John Connors, Phyllis Blumberg and Dale Trusheim, who spearheaded the writing of the March, 2016 monitoring report.

Middle States is changing its accreditation requirements, which we expect to be enacted in 2017. The Standards for Accreditation will be significantly revised, the Periodic Review Report (a mini-self-study done halfway through an accreditation cycle) is going away, there will be more annual reporting requirements, and the length of accreditation will decrease from 10 years to 8 years.  We will be very proactive in adapting to these changes, and we will provide the University with more information as the changes are finalized.  In the meantime, let’s enjoy this good news!

Thank you all and best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Paul Katz, MD, President

Peter Miller, PhD, PT, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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