Once every eight years, NYU is required to reaffirm its accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) through a process of evidence-based self-study.  The purpose of the University-wide study is to reflect on our collective progress, understand our challenges and identify opportunities to improve our institutional effectiveness. The self-study also demonstrates NYU institutional compliance with the rigorous MSCHE accreditation standards and requirements of affiliation.

The self-study Steering Committee has completed the 100-page draft report. This reflects 12 months of inquiry conducted by six working groups comprised of 67 tenured/tenure-track and contract faculty, administrators and students representing all NYU schools and campuses. 

The self-study process concludes with a series of in-person evaluation site visits to multiple NYU locations.

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Self-Study Narrative Report

Download the report (PDF: 5.8MB)

All members of the NYU community are invited to read the 2024 self-study executive summary (PDF: 36KB) and narrative report draft (PDF: 5.8MB). We welcome you to share comments and reactions by contacting nyu-self-study@nyu.edu

If you are interested in learning more about how the self-study was conducted and organized, check out the Self-Study Design (PDF: 2.1MB).


Core Insights  

The full report details the findings and recommendations generated by the working groups, reflecting both the MSCHE accreditation standards and criteria and NYU-specific lines of inquiry addressing a range of institutional priorities Across all the working groups, three overarching themes emerged:

Strong evidence of ongoing efforts for institutional improvement with additional challenges to address

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Following a decade of rapid growth and advancement in our institutional caliber, and within the context of significant ongoing challenges in the higher education landscape, NYU is engaging in ongoing work to ensure that we provide an environment in which our students, faculty and staff can thrive and succeed in their individual goals and pursuits. Evidence culled from hundreds of recent and current University-wide, school and campus-based initiatives indicate our institutional commitment to make NYU better tomorrow than it is today, even as we recognize gaps and inefficiencies that require attention and improvement.

 

Developing infrastructure to facilitate cross-unit interaction and collaboration

“Silos” of information, practice and communication that naturally develop in a decentralized institution of our size limit our collective effectiveness and potential. In various ways, all of our working groups identified the need for infrastructure and intentional moves to facilitate cross-unit interaction and collaboration, unlocking new possibilities for creativity, innovation, and effectiveness. Each group offered short and long-term recommendations that may provide a valuable roadmap to make progress and help best mobilize NYU’s people, ideas and resources to support our academic mission and maximize our collective impact in a time of unprecedented global challenges.

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Untapped potential for local and global impact

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NYU has always been a place characterized by bold action, calculated risk, and a focus on the future. Our community is huge and diverse, spanning so many disciplines, locations, and people, but we are united in our collective drive to make a difference — to make things happen and to change the world in ways big and small through education, research, and creative work. Our local and global impact is already enormous, driven by the scale and breadth of our research enterprise and our vast internal network of scholars, artists, students and staff engaging in work to address the most pressing challenges of our times. Still, our working groups identified untapped potential across multiple dimensions, from expanding global opportunities to strategically capitalizing on our capacity for interdisciplinary research to reducing administrative barriers to providing more resources needed to elevate our praxis of teaching to pursuing creative initiatives.

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Self-Study Timeline

Preparation & Planning

Fall 2021 - Summer 2022

  • Establish governance
  • Finalize the self-study design
  • Appoint steering committee & working groups
Launch & Research

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

  • Launch self-study
  • Conduct research & analysis
  • Collect community input
  • Draft self-study narrative report
Revise & Review

Summer 2023 - Fall 2023

  • Share draft narrative report & evidence
  • Community reviews the report
  • Revise draft narrative report & evidence
Site Visits & Action

Spring & Summer 2024

  • Submit final narrative report & evidence
  • Peer evaluation team site visits
  • MSCHE meets to determine accreditation action

Site Visits

In Spring 2024, NYU will host site visits at four NYU locations, culminating in the primary self-study site visit at NYU New York. NYU will host a team of peer evaluators charged with assessing University compliance with accreditation standards and the requirements of affiliation. The peer evaluation team is expected to complete a thoughtful assessment of our institution within the framework of Middle States’ expectations and within the context of our established mission and goals. 

During the visit, the evaluation team will clarify the information in the self-study narrative report, review the evidence used to support our research, and meet with University leaders, the Steering Committee, unit and organization leads, and students, faculty and staff. 

Upon completion of the site visit, the evaluation team provides a written report to the University President, which includes important observations, follow-up and recommendations stemming from the evaluation team findings.  Based on this reporting, Middle States determines the final accreditation decision.

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November '23

Evaluation team chair visits NYU NY November 8th to plan for March 2024 site visit

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February '24

NYU hosts members of peer evaluation team for site visit to four NYU locations

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March '24

March 3-6, NYU NY hosts full peer evaluation team for site visit

NYU New York Site Visit

Between March 3 and 6, NYU New York will host a nine-person peer evaluation team of faculty and administrators from other universities. They will conduct in-person meetings with faculty, students, administrators, and campus leaders to follow up on any questions from our self-study report and to evaluate NYU’s adherence with Middle States accreditation standards. 

The site visit will include three open, in-person forums organized for students, faculty, and administrators and staff during the upcoming site visit. The forums will provide an opportunity for each group to meet with members of the peer evaluation team. You are also welcome to share any feedback or comments to nyu-self-study@nyu.edu.

  • Students - Tuesday, March 5th, 3-3:45pm, Kimmel Room 802
  • Faculty - Tuesday, March 5th, 11-11:45am, Kimmel Room 802
  • Administrators and Staff - Monday, March 4th, 3-3:45pm, Kimmel Room 914

 


Implementing Self-Study Recommendations

Upon successful reaffirmation of accreditation, the self-study co-chairs will consult with the President and Provost to determine the next steps in prioritizing and implementing recommendations documented in the self-study narrative report (PDF: 5.8 MB) and generated by the peer evaluation team.

Thank you for your participation in the self-study!