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Middle States Accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education conducts a reaccreditation review of the University every ten years. The University of Rochester has been accredited since 1921, and the University was most recently reaccredited during the 2009 Periodic Review Report. 

The last decennial reaccreditation review required the University to complete a comprehensive self-study demonstrating the University's performance with respect to fourteen standards. This self-study report was submitted to the Middle States Commission in March 2014, and was followed by a three-day site visit from April 30-May 3, 2014 by the Middle States evaluation team led by Mark Nordenberg, former chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. At the conclusion of the site visit, the evaluation team submitted a report to the Middle States Commission. The official results of the reaccreditation review will be made publilc by the commission in fall 2014. 

Middle States fourteen standards:

  • Standard 1: Mission and Goals
  • Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal
  • Standard 3: Institutional Resources
  • Standard 4: Leadership and Governance
  • Standard 5: Administration
  • Standard 6: Integrity
  • Standard 7: Institutional Assessment
  • Standard 8: Student Admissions and Retention
  • Standard 9: Student Support Services
  • Standard 10: Faculty
  • Standard 11: Educational Offerings
  • Standard 12: General Education
  • Standard 13: Related Educational Activities
  • Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning

2014 Self-Study Report

The final 2014 self-study report is available at

Middle States Reaccreditation Progress Report

  • A Steering Committee was formed in AY 2011-2012 to coordinate, oversee, and provide leadership to the self-study process. Its charge included, but was not limited to, the following points:
    • Identifying the key issues for the Self-Study;
    • Developing the Self-Study design;
    • Establishing and defining the charges of six Working Groups responsible for preparing sections of the Self-Study;
    • Defining, implementing, and tracking the established timetable for the Self-Study process;
    • Ensuring that consistent and clear communication with the university community is encouraged and planned through open forums and stakeholder meetings;
    • Arranging the institution-wide review of the Self-Study draft, and collecting the responses to this draft;
    • Overseeing the completion of the Self-Study for submission to Middle States; and Coordinating the visit of the Middle States Review Team
  • In late November 2012, we submitted our Self-Study Design document to Middle States for approval. This document describes our plan for carrying out our self-study. The Self-Study Design was approved by Middle States, with our liaison commenting that we "prepared a very useful road map to guide … a meaningful self-study."
  • During the 2012-13 academic year, the six Working Groups, whose 60 members included faculty, administrators, and staff from throughout the university, prepared preliminary draft reports of sections of the Self-Study.
  • During the summer and fall, the co-chairs and writer appointed to work on this project prepared a full draft of the Self-Study. A revised version of that draft will be completed in December. It will be made available to the entire campus community for review.
  • Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, is the chair of the Middle States Evaluation Team. His preliminary visit to campus occurred on November 5, 2013. The purpose of this visit was to discuss the review to be conducted by the full Visiting Evaluation Team which will occur April 30-May 3, 2014.
  • During the early part of the Spring 2014 semester, we will revise our Self-Study and submit the final version approximately 6 weeks in advance of the spring Evaluation Team visit.
  • Following the Evaluation Team's visit, they will submit a report to Middle States. We anticipate hearing the results during the Fall 2014 semester.

2014 Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Committees

Executive Committee

  • Joel Seligman – President
  • Peter Lennie – Provost
  • Lamar Murphy – General Secretary and Chief of Staff
  • Richard Feldman – Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College (Arts, Sciences and Engineering)
  • Donna Brink Fox – Eisenhart Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs (Eastman School of Music)

Steering Committee

  • Richard Feldman (Co-Chair) – Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the College
  • Donna Brink Fox (Co-Chair) – Eisenhart Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Brian Brent – Earl B. Taylor Professor of Educational Leadership; Associate Dean for Graduate Studies; Chair, Educational Leadership Program
  • David Bushinsky – John J. Kiuper Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Chief, Nephrology Division; Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in Medicine
  • Matthew Burns – College Dean of Students
  • Thomas Eickbush – Professor of Biology
  • Harry Groenevelt – Associate Professor of Operations Management; member, Faculty Senate
  • Logan Hazen – Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
  • Margaret Kearney -Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor, School of Nursing
  • Vivian Lewis – Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and Deputy to the President; Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Elizabeth Marvin – Professor of Music Theory
  • Barbara Masi – Director of Educational Initiatives and Assessment for Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Suzanne O’Brien – Associate Dean, Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Nancy Specht – Assistant Dean for Institutional Research and University Registrar

Working Groups (as of 8/31/2012)

Working Group 1
Standards 1, 2, and 3: Mission and Goals; Planning and Resources; and Institutional Renewal

  • Brian Brent (co-chair) – Warner School of Education
  • David Bushinsky (co-chair) – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Julie Buehler – Office of the VP for IT and Chief Information Officer until August 2013)
  • Holly Crawford – Office of Budgets and Planning
  • Jeff Gillooly – Office of Senior VP for Advancement
  • Ronald Hansen – Simon Business School
  • Edith Lord – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Mary Ann Mavrinac – River Campus Libraries
  • Charles Murphy – Office of Human Resources
  • Renu Singh – School of Nursing

Working Group 2
Standards 4, 5, 6, and 7: Leadership and Governance; Administration; Integrity; and Institutional Assessment

  • Harry Groenevelt (co-chair) – Simon Business School
  • Margaret Kearney (co-chair) – Office of the Provost
  • Salim Alani – Office of University Audit
  • Michael Bell – River Campus Libraries (until July 2013)
  • Holly Crawford – Office of Budgets and Planning
  • Richard Crummins – Office of Counsel
  • Vincenzo Falciano – Office of the Provost
  • Eric Fredericksen – Office of the VP for IT and Chief Information Officer
  • Douglas Ravenel – Arts, Sciences and Engineering

Working Group 3
Standards 8 and 9: Student Admissions and Retention; and Student Support Services

  • Matthew Burns (co-chair) – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Nancy Specht (co-chair) – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Elaine Andolina – School of Nursing
  • Matthew Ardizzone – Eastman School of Music
  • Pamela Black-Colton – Warner School of Education
  • Jonathan Burdick – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Glenn Cerosaletti – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Brenda Lee – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Rebekah Lewin – Simon Business School
  • Sharon McCullough – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Melissia Schmidt – Eastman School of Music
  • Carol Veltre – School of Medicine and Dentistry

Working Group 4
Standard 10: Faculty

  • Thomas Eickbush (co-chair) – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Vivian Lewis (co-chair) – School of Medicine and Dentistry; Office of Faculty Development & Diversity
  • Jonathan Baldo – Eastman School of Music
  • Rajiv Dewan – Simon Business School
  • Paul Funkenbusch – Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Gerald Gamm – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Carmala Garzione – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Jeffrey Lyness – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Carol Shuherk – Office of the Provost

Working Group 5
Standards 11, 12, and 13: Educational Offerings; General Education; and Related Educational Activities

  • Elizabeth Marvin (co-chair) – Eastman School of Music
  • Suzanne O’Brien (co-chair) – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Brian Brent – Warner School of Education
  • John Hain – Eastman School of Music
  • Wendi Heinzelman – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Pamela Herendeen – School of Nursing
  • Th. Emil Homerin – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • David R. Lambert – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Deborah Rossen-Knill – Arts, Sciences and Engineering

Working Group 6
Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning

  • Logan Hazen (co-chair) – Warner School of Education
  • Barbara Masi (co-chair) – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Abra Bush – Eastman School (until August 2013)
  • Paige Lawrence – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Steve Lurie – School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Lawrence Matteson – Simon Business School
  • Bethel Powers – School of Nursing