September 25, 2012
Dear Members of the Tufts Community,
I am writing to invite members of the University community to comment on the self-study that Tufts has conducted as part of its process for reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Tufts has been accredited by NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) since 1929 and is evaluated for continued accreditation every 10 years by the Commission. The self-study is the foundation of CIHE’s review. This process calls on us to address qualitatively eleven educational standards through review and evaluation, in order to strengthen education at Tufts and to assure the public of institutional quality and integrity.
The self-study document was prepared by the Steering Committee and 11 working groups consisting of faculty, administrators, students, and trustees. Input from additional members of the Tufts community—especially in the areas of assessment, faculty and research, planning and budgeting, students, and technological and physical resources—was invaluable in evaluating the university’s compliance with CIHE standards. A draft of the self-study was disseminated over the summer to deans and administrators who provided additional information and insight into the quality and effectiveness of our educational programs.
The final self-study will be submitted to the Commission in January 2013. The full visiting team is scheduled to be on campus for the comprehensive evaluation March 10-13, 2013. A final decision by CIHE about Tufts’ accreditation status is expected in fall 2013.
Tufts’ accreditation self-study is posted online. To access the 100-page draft report, go to http://provost.tufts.edu/institutionalresearch/accreditation/selfstudy/. Corrections and comments can be submitted using an online feedback form no later than mid-day on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. I encourage you to review the self-study and know that the Steering Committee looks forward to your comments.