Middle States Commission on Higher Education , Hofstra University

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accrediting Process

Update on progress, March 2018

The Middle States Self Study is moving along well, with all committees actively engaged in exploration and review. Committees are finishing the first drafts of their chapters that analyze their Middle States standard, to be shared with the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will review and provide feedback to the Committees. Over the summer the chapters will be edited and combined, for sharing with the broader community in the fall. Thanks to all committee members for their hard work so far.

Every ten years, the Hofstra community comes together to evaluate and study our processes, offerings and educational environment through our Middle States Reaccreditation process.  This is how we evaluate the effectiveness and standards of our institution. [About Accreditation]

We first consider our promise to students as embodied in our mission statement:

“Hofstra University is a private institution whose primary mission is to provide a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind. Hofstra University is fully committed to academic freedom and to the transmission, advancement, and preservation of knowledge for its own academic community and for the community at large. Hofstra University offers undergraduate and graduate programs taught by a research-active and professionally engaged faculty. Academic excellence guides everything the University undertakes.” [Mission Statement]

The Middle States process is a rigorous and lengthy one, which requires the time, expertise and effort of many members of our community, including faculty, students, administrators and staff, trustees and alumni. For those of you who serve on the steering committees and working groups, I thank you for your service and dedication. Our shared efforts are important, since reaccreditation allows us the opportunity to thoughtfully evaluate what we do and  improve our academic programs, outcomes and services, to become a better and more excellent institution of higher education, a goal which we all share.

I encourage our entire Hofstra community to be involved, to send suggestions to the committee, attend open forums or read the reports of the groups. Your input will make our process that much stronger. Thank you for your interest.

Stuart Rabinowitz