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The 2024-2026 Middle States Self-Study

Queens College of the City University of New York is an accredited institution of higher education and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). 

To maintain our institutional accreditation, MSCHE requires that Queens College meets rigorous and comprehensive standards for accreditation. MSCHE’s cycle of accreditation requires an Annual Institutional Update and a college-wide Self-Study every eight years.

This page is the hub for Queens College’s 2024-26 Self-Study.

About Re-Accreditation

Learn more about the Middle States Re-Accreditation Process from Queens College President Frank H. Wu and Interim Provost Patricia Price in this short video.

Reflection, Renewal, and Resilience

Queens College strives for continuous improvement. This is guided by three interdependent processes. The Strategic Plan provides the vision for the future of the institution. The Middle States Re-Accreditation Process ensures the college continues to meet the Standards for Accreditation and that we are effectively doing what we say we are. In parallel, each academic department regularly undergoes a periodic Program Review to ensure that they are running well and to assess whether students are meeting the stated learning objectives and outcomes.

The Middle States Re-Accreditation Process requires a comprehensive, institution-wide Self-Study. This provides the campus an opportunity:

    • To reflect on the path our institution has taken over the past eight years,
    • To renew our focus towards improving outcomes for our students, faculty, and staff, and
    • To ensure resilience as an institution so that we face the challenges of an ever changing world.

Latest News and Updates

Middle States Newsbreak Launched

The Self-Study Process now has a newsletter: Middle States Newsbreak. This publication will be sent to faculty and staff three times a semester to update the campus on our progress towards re-Accreditation. Access archived issues of the Middle States Newsbreak here.

Self-Study Kick-Off Event Held

On Monday, February 5, 2024, Queens College kicked off the Self-Study Process by hosting a lunch for all the Working Group members and members of the Operational Excellence Team. President Frank H. Wu celebrated this milestone and thanked the participants for serving as their service. The participants learned about the Self-Study Process and had a chance to get to know everyone involved.

Operational Excellence Team Members Identified and Invited to Serve

The work of the Self-Study interacts with the campus community in many ways. We have identified data analysis, communication, information management and technology, and administrative support as key areas in which dedicated personnel will be crucial to the success of the Self-Study Process. The Executive Steering Committee has contacted prospective members of this Operational Excellence Team members and invited them to serve.

Self-Study Timeline

Summer and Fall 2023: Training and Preparation

Executive Steering Committee identified and invited to serve
Executive Steering Committee attend Middle States Self-Study Institute
Self-Study Webpage Launch
Steering Committee Members identified and invited to serve
Executive Steering Committee attends MSCHE Conference
First Meeting of the Steering Committee
Working Group Members identified

Winter and Spring 2024: Official Launch of Self-Study

MSCHE VP Liaison Conference Call
Working Group Members invited to serve

 

Members of the Operational Excellence Team invited to serve
Self-Study Kick Off Event (February 5, 2024)

Monthly Working Group Meetings

Monthly Steering Committee Meetings

Working Groups develop Self-Study Lines of Inquiry
Executive Steering Committee updates Academic Senate

Executive Steering Committee drafts and submits Self-Study Design

MSCHE VP Liaison Visit

Summer and Fall 2024: Working Group Research

Development of Data Repository and Data Retention Plan

Monthly Working Group Meetings

Working Groups engage in research related to their specific disciplines.

Working Groups organize outreach to stakeholders to perform inventory of data related to their standards. 

Working Groups work with stakeholders to identify and fill gaps in evidence needs.

Monthly Steering Committee Meetings

Executive Steering Committee develops scaffolding for the Self-Study report.

Executive Steering Committee updates Academic Senate

Winter and Spring 2025: First Draft and Community Feedback

Executive Steering Committee writes the introduction for the Self-Study report.
Monthly Working Group Meetings
Monthly Steering Committee Meetings
Working Groups prepare the first drafts of their chapters.
The first draft of the whole Self-Study report shared with stakeholders for feedback.
Executive Steering Committee updates Academic Senate
Feedback is collected in community forums. 

Summer and Fall 2025: Editing and Draft Submitted to Review Team

Additional drafts of Self-Study report completed by Working Groups

Middle States Evaluation Team Chair Preliminary Visit 

Final draft of Self-Study report completed

Final draft of Self-Study report shared with Steering Committee, Working Groups, and Campus Community for review and comment 

Winter and Spring 2026: Self-Study Submission and Site Visit

Self-Study report, evidence, and Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations and Standards submitted to Middle States.

Middle States Evaluation Team Visit

Initial Response to Evaluation Team Report

Middle States Action

Organization of the Self-Study

Faculty, staff, students, and other QC stakeholders will all participate in the Self-Study process.

The Self-Study process is organized by Working Groups. Working Groups are organized by the seven MSCHE Standards of Accreditation and are each comprised of ten members of the Queens College community. The Working Groups are tasked with identifying and analyzing evidence, drafting the Self-Study and assembling the Evidence Inventory. Along with the Executive Steering Committee, the Co-Chairs of the Working Groups comprise the Steering Committee of the entire Self-Study.

All members of the Queens College Community will be called upon to provide insight and feedback to assist the Working Groups in the creation of the Self-Study Document.

The MSCHE Standards of Accreditation

Standard I: Mission and Goals

The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

Standard II: Ethics and Integrity

Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. In all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.

Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.

Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience

Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.

Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment

Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.

Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement

The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.

Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with a related entity, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.

Contact

For more information about the Middle States Process, please contact the members of Queens College’s Executive Steering Committee: Patricia Price, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nathalia Holtzman, Associate Provost for Innovation and Student Success, and Christopher Hanusa, Faculty Liaison for Evaluation and Assessment