The Office of Planning and Assessment wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of those across the Middlebury Community who helped with the reaccreditation process. It was a momentous undertaking but one which was facilitated, in true Middlebury fashion, by many across the globe: in Middlebury and Ripton, Monterey and Madrid and even via skype from Mainz and Moscow!
When the review team has submitted the final version of their report, it will be posted here for members of the community. NEASC’s official response about Middlebury’s reaccreditation status will come in late spring.
Open Meetings Announced
The reaccreditation review time will be on campus from October 30 – November 2. The visit includes opportunities for the review team members to meet and hear from faculty, staff and Students. Dates and times are listed below:
- Staff Open Meeting: Monday, October 31, 12:30-1:45 pm, McCullough Social Space (light refreshments will be available)
- Faculty Open Meeting: Monday, October 31, 4:30-5:45 pm, McCullough Social Space (light refreshments will be available)
- Student Open Meeting: Tuesday, November 1, 12:00-1:00 pm, Mitchell Green Lounge (***NOTE: The student meeting includes lunch; interested students should RSVP to Gail Borden.)
In addition, the visit will conclude with a report out to the Middlebury College Community by the review team. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m. in McCullough Social Space. All are invited to attend.
September 2011 Update
The Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury Language Schools and the Monterey Institute of International Studies have, as of today, all hosted visits by the reaccreditation review team members. The C.V. Starr Middlebury Schools Abroad are up next as the School in Spain will host the review team’s visit October 18-20 in Madrid and Cordoba. The full review team will be in Middlebury to complete the comprehensive review from October 30 through November 2.
The visits are designed to provide as much information as possible to the team members to assist them with their review. President Liebowitz has emphasized that the review is an opportunity to get helpful feedback that we can use to improve the education we offer to students, and thus has encouraged all involved to be candid and open with the review team.
All visits include open meetings with faculty, staff, and students, as well as meetings with administrators with responsibilities for various College functions including the academic program, planning, organization and governance, finance, library, and physical and technological resources.
Susan Baldridge and her staff are currently working with the review team to create the schedule of meetings for the Middlebury visit. Many thanks to all who have already played a role in this process. Please contact Planning and Assessment staff listed on the left with any questions regarding reaccreditation.
Visiting Team for NEASC Reaccreditation Announced
Middlebury College is undergoing its scheduled reaccreditation review this year. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) recently notified the College regarding those who will be serving on the review team. This review team is responsible for reading the self study and conducting site visits to all the College’s programs and filing a report to NEASC. The 8-member team will visit Middlebury October 30-November 2, 2011.
The chair of the review team is Lawrence S. Bacow, Ph.D., M.P.P., J.D, president of Tufts University. Those serving on the review team include:
- Dr. Urbain J. DeWinter, Associate Provost International Programs, Boston University
- Andrew B. Evans, VP for Finance and Treasurer, Wellesley College
- Dr. Rena Fraden, Dean of Faculty & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity College
- Benson Lieber, Dean of Students, Amherst College
- Dr. David L. Smith, John W. Chandler Professor of English, Williams College
- Dr. Kathryn T., Spoehr, Professor of Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences, Brown University
- Susan V. Wawrzaszek, Associate VP for Library and Information Services, Wheaton College
Timeline for Reaccreditation activities are available here.
Invitation for Public Comment
Invitation for Public Comments
Middlebury College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 30 – November 2, 2011, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.
Middlebury College has been accredited by the Commission since 1929 and was last reviewed in 1999. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution, including the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Language Schools, C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad, and the Bread Loaf School of English.
For the past year and a half, Middlebury College has been engaged in a process of self study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution in the fall of 2011 to gather evidence that the self study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:
Public Comment on Middlebury College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.
Public comments must be received by November 2, 2011. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.
Open Meeting Scheduled in Middlebury — Reaccreditation and the Self Study — Your Questions Answered!
Please mark your calendar for Monday, April 11 at 12:15, when President Liebowitz will hold an open meeting to address questions about the Reaccreditation process and the resulting self study which is currently available to the Middlebury College community for review. Click in the Participate box on this page to link to the self study.
Susan Campbell, Dean of Planning and Assessment, will give a brief overview of the self study and the fall review team visit. The reaccreditation steering committee — representing the nearly 60 individuals who served on subcommittees from across the institution — will also be on hand to address questions.
Please bring your friends and colleagues (and your lunch if you’d like) and find out what all the excitement is about! Lemonade and cookies will be provided.
Monday, April 11, 12:15
McCullough Social Space
Student Open Meeting Scheduled in Middlebury — Reaccreditation, the Self Study and Students — Your Questions Answered!
Please join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Axinn 229.
The college is undergoing its scheduled reaccreditation review this coming fall. As part of this process the reaccreditation steering committee and numerous subcommittees have conducted a thorough review of the College and written a lengthy report. The report includes a chapter on Students (just 12 pages long – take a look). The current draft of this self study is now available for Middlebury College community review. Click in the Participate box on this page to link to the self study.
Susan Campbell, Dean of Planning and Assessment, will give a brief overview of the self study and the fall site visit by the review team. Gus Jordan and Shirley Collado who are serving on the reaccreditation steering committee will also be available to address questions.
Please bring your friends and find out what all the excitement is about! Lemonade and cookies will be provided.
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Open Meeting Scheduled for Monterey Institute – Reaccreditation and the Self Study – Your Questions Answered!
Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 5 at noon, when President Ramaswamy will hold an open meeting to address questions about the Reaccreditation process and the resulting self study which is currently available to the Middlebury College community for review. Click in the Participate box on this page to link to the self study.
Susan Campbell, Middlebury Dean of Planning and Assessment, will give a brief overview of the self study and what will take place during the Reaccreditation visit in the fall. Amy McGill and Lisa Gates, who are serving on the reaccreditation steering committee, will also be available to address questions.
Please bring your friends and colleagues and find out what all the excitement is about!
Wednesday, April 5 at noon
President Liebowitz Announces Upcoming Reaccreditation Review (3/2010)
To the College Community,
I am writing to let you know about Middlebury’s upcoming reaccreditation review, scheduled for the fall of 2011. As you may know, we are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In preparation for our review, we will undertake a comprehensive self study that will address each of NEASC’s eleven standards in light of the College’s mission. (For those who are interested, the NEASC standards can be found at: http://cihe.neasc.org/standards_policies/standards/standards_html_version <http://cihe.neasc.org/standards_policies/standards/standards_html_version> ). The review will focus not only on Middlebury’s undergraduate program, but on all programs that award degrees -- the Bread Loaf School of English, the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and the Monterey Institute, as well.
The self study will be coordinated by the Reaccreditation Steering Committee, chaired by Susan Campbell, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and supported by the work of eleven subcommittees (one for each NEASC standard). These committees have already begun gathering and analyzing information about various aspects of the College, including the academic program, our students, and our faculty. Their efforts will continue throughout this calendar year, and a draft of the final self study will be distributed to the College community in the spring of 2011. The final report will be submitted to NEASC in the summer, and the NEASC review team will visit several of our graduate programs in the summer and early fall, culminating with the review of the undergraduate college here in Middlebury, October 30-November 2, 2011.
One of the special emphases of this process will be on the assessment of student learning. We will be reviewing and discussing the available evidence regarding our students’ accomplishments in and out of the classroom, and developing or refining assessment procedures at both the College-wide and department/program levels. Faculty will be receiving specific information about these efforts in the next few weeks.
It is important that the self study involve the participation of all members of Middlebury’s community. To this end, the Steering Committee and subcommittees will solicit input from faculty, staff, and students over the course of the next year. I want to thank the committee and subcommittee members who have already agreed to help with this important process. This is a valuable opportunity for us to appraise ourselves as an institution, to identify areas for improvement, and to ensure our continued excellence as an educational community.