I am delighted to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has formally accepted Ithaca College's most recent report, the Periodic Review Report (PRR) we submitted in June 2013. Acting at their November 21st meeting, the Commission also reaffirmed our accreditation, and gave us a commendation for the quality of our PRR process. This is a wonderful achievement, and a major step in maintaining a positive ongoing relationship with Middle States, our regional accrediting agency.
The Periodic Review Report documented our performance over the past five years in meeting regional accreditation standards related to assessment, planning and budgeting. The PRR also documented progress on recommendations resulting from our 2008 self-study and Middle States team visit. These recommendations asked us to take action in five particular areas: institutional effectiveness, college-wide assessment processes, general education curriculum, administrative support of assessment, and student learning outcomes assessment.
The substantial growth we have achieved in all of these areas since 2008 was possible only because of our shared commitment to excellence, and because of our willingness to work hard together. We were able to succeed in these efforts through many contributions, large and small, made by faculty, staff, students and administrators from every program, department and office of the college. My congratulations, thanks and appreciation go out to all of you.