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Statement by President Raab on Reaccreditation

Hunter has begun preparation for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which will culminate in a team visit in spring, 2019. As a central component of the Middle States process, Hunter will develop a Self-Study to analyze our institutional performance against seven standards.  Within the context of the standards we have decided to examine four important priorities related to our Strategic Plan:

  • Enhance Hunter’s academic identity as a research institution
  • Foster interdisciplinary learning and scholarship
  • Broaden opportunities for student success
  • Expand and deepen engagement with New York City neighborhoods and institutions

I have charged a steering committee, and have established a workgroup of faculty, staff, and students for each of the seven standards. The task of these groups is to evaluate our past and present performance in terms of the four priorities and to propose actions for the future. The steering committee, which includes the co-chairs of the workgroups, coordinates all aspects of the reaccreditation effort. 
Though our reaccreditation is a necessary process, I urge all members of the Hunter community to treat this experience as an opportunity to take an introspective look at our institutional priorities. Middle States is a campus-wide project, and each of us should engage with the process to become informed and to assess Hunter’s successes and areas for growth. Beginning in spring 2018, we will publish a first draft of the Self-Study on this website, and will offer the opportunity to comment.  The workgroups will incorporate feedback from across the campus into their second drafts, which will again be open to comment from the community.  The visiting team chair will receive a final draft of the Self-Study at the end of 2018.  I urge everyone to learn more about the Middle States review by looking at this website and by participating in one of the public discussions that will begin in the spring. As we seek continuous improvement, we will embrace the Self-Study conclusions to help us plan for the future.
Thank you very much for your continued engagement with Hunter’s progress, and for everything you do as individuals and as a community to promote the success of our students, faculty, and engagement with this wonderful city we call home. I look forward to this process, and am grateful to work with such thoughtful, motivated, and dedicated colleagues in service of our great institution.


Related documents:

Hunter College Self-Study Design (PDF)

Middle States Standards for Accreditation (PDF)

Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations (PDF)

Senate Middle States Presentation (PowerPoint)

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