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Middle States Re-accreditation Update: November 17, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

World Peace Day seems an auspicious time to update you on the Middle States Reaccreditation process. It’s also Electronic Greeting Card Day, which also seems apropos of an update sent electronically with all due respect and affection. And if that’s not quite your thing, than National Homemade Bread Day can also be fitting if we engage in extended metaphory with contrived phrases like “the yeast of assessment” or “the leaven of hard work,” or somesuch inanery. Well, at any rate, whatever your pentient for celebrating is, today seemed as good a time as any to “Renew, Reflect, and Reaffirm.” 

  1. First and foremost, please remember that the entire draft of the self study is open for your review and comment, either in its entirely or by chapter. Here’s how to do that: follow the link to RIT’s MSCHE accreditation website and log in to “RIT’s Self-Study 2017” and begin your review. Click on RIT’s Self-Study Feedback Survey link to provide feedback. And finally, please send your feedback by Nov. 28, 2016, which happens to be World Television Day
  2. As you may know, the self-study draft is only one half of the re-accreditation process. The other half is a campus visit by an evaluation team of peer reviewers.We are fortunate that our team is led by Dr. Tony Collins, president of Clarkson College and an experienced Middle States reviewer. Dr. Collins visited us on October 6 (National Noodle Day) to meet with the steering committee and a variety of other constituents (stakeholders, as the say in the business). Dr. Collins was quite impressed with our draft, and will surely be more so once all of your suggestions are taken into account. The full site visit will happen April 2-5 (Bat Appreciation Week), after which the final accreditation decision will happen in June (National Accordion Awareness Month).
  3. This past week we were fortunate that the Board of Trustees, in their annual fall meeting, devoted much of their time to reviewing the self study draft. On November 10 (National Vanilla Cupcake Day), every core committee took a chapter and made valuable comments on the draft for our consideration. The draft is also being carefully reviewed by the standing committees of Academic Senate, and we are grateful for all of the feedback we’ve received so far.
  4. And finally, I want to again take this opportunity to say how grateful we are to have the participation of so many dedicated people involved at the steering committee and the working group level. Over seventy people have given generously of their time to make this self-study report something that RIT can not only be proud of, but that it will be able to use going forward. A full list of participants can be found on RIT’s middle states website.

In closing, thanks for your continued support of the Middle States team, and may we be among the first to wish you all the best for National Take a Hike Day. Your Servants in Accreditation,

Chris Licata
Anne Wahl
Michael Laver