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Middle States Reaccreditation Evaluation Team Visit
March 18-20, 2013

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding accreditation and the Middle States Evaluation Team that will be visiting LIU.

What is the Middle States Commission on Higher Education?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several international locations. The Commission is a voluntary, nongovernmental, membership association that defines, maintains and promotes educational excellence.

How long has LIU been accredited?

Long Island University has been accredited by Middle States since 1955.

Tell me more about accreditation.

Middle States defines accreditation as a peer review process used to sustain and strengthen the quality of colleges, universities and other institutions of higher education. To earn (and maintain) accreditation, a college or university must demonstrate to colleagues from peer institutions that it meets or surpasses mutually agreed-upon standards. In the United States, accreditation is a significant way for institutions to give the public confidence that they provide a quality education by subjecting themselves to a review every ten {10) years. This is commonly called a decennial evaluation.

Accreditation offers a number of benefits to students and their families, as well as to the colleges and universities themselves. For example:

  • In order to be eligible for Federal student financial aid, students must attend an accredited institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
  • Employers often require that certain employees hold degrees from accredited institutions.
  • Employers often offer tuition assistance only to employees attending accredited institutions.
  • State governments often require that institutions be accredited in order to offer state student financial aid or to receive other state grants and funds.
  • State governments often require that institutions be accredited in order for students from those institutions to sit for state licensure examinations in accounting, education, nursing, counseling, psychology, and social work.
  • Colleges and universities often accept transfer credits from accredited institutions.

When an institution says, "We are accredited,"it is saying it has a seal of approval (or good rating) from the U.S. Department of Education.

Tell me more about the Middle States standards.

Evaluation Team members refer to the 14 Middle States standards as a guide to help them determine if an institution's mission and goals are congruent with its measures of performance and its use of resources. The standards are: Mission and Goals; Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal; Institutional Resources; Leadership & Governance; Administration; Integrity; Institutional Assessment; Student Admissions & Retention; Student Support Services; Faculty; Educational Offerings; General Education; Related Educational Activities; and Assessment of Student Learning.

How is the peer review conducted?

Middle States has selected a team of 10 evaluators to visit LIU. The team's review is based upon a
comprehensive report that LIU has prepared: the 2013 Self-Study Report. The SSR provides
information for the evaluators to determine if we have met the following criteria:

  • A mission appropriate to higher education that is guided by well-defined, appropriate goals, including goals for student learning;
  • Conditions within which the University's mission and goals can be realized;
  • Procedures and practices for assessing institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes, and the utilization of results for improvement;
  • Evidence that LIU is accomplishing its mission and goals; and
  • An organizational structure, staff and services that support the accomplishment of our mission and goals.

How was the Self-Study Report produced?

Working groups and committees of faculty, staff, deans, University officers and trustees from all campuses conducted research, prepared draft reports, and edited and revised their work over the course of almost two years. A University-wide Drafting & Oversight Committee was responsible for managing the process and, ultimately, for integrating the draft reports into a single, cohesive report for the entire University. The final109-page Self-Study Report is organized around the priorities of LIU's Strategic Agenda as well as the 14 Middle States standards.

What if I want to know more about or read the Self-Study Report?

If you would like to know more about LIU's decennial self-study process, please visit:

When is the Evaluation Team coming?

The Evaluation Team is visiting the University's campuses from Monday, March 18, 2013, to Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

What should I expect during the visit?

During the visit, the Evaluation Team will review reports and documents, and meet with students, faculty, staff, trustees and administrators to determine if LIU meets the 14 standards required for reaccreditation- all within the context of our mission and goals. You are encouraged to be honest, frank and open during any conversations you may have with team members.

A detailed schedule, prepared by the Evaluation Team Chair, will be shared with the University community as soon as it is available.

The most important thing each member of the LIU community can do is to read the Self-Study Report. Printed copies will be available in campus libraries, and you may also view the report online.