To Members of the Yale Community:|
I welcome you to Yale's Reaccreditation Web site.
Yale is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of the six regional associations in the United States composed of colleges and universities that have achieved and maintained an accredited status. In order to continue this status, the University every ten years voluntarily participates in an accreditation process, the purposes of which are twofold: to assure the quality of the institution and to foster its improvement.
Yale was last reaccredited in 1989. During 1998-1999, the University has been engaged in its next reaccreditation process, which has involved, first, an institutional self-study. Eleven committees of the University, appointed by me, and composed of faculty members, administrators, and students, have been engaged in addressing the eleven standards developed by the NEASC's accrediting body, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. A Steering Committee, also composed of the provost, the dean of Yale College, and other administrators and faculty has helped me guide and review their work. My gratitude goes to the more than eighty-five members of the community who have given their valuable time and energy to make this a united and valuable effort.
In early October, this self-study will be sent to faculty members and administrators, selected by the CIHE, who will come to Yale for an on-site visit during the days of November 6-9th. The Chair of this team, President Gerhard Casper of Stanford University, was on campus in April 1999 for a preliminary visit, in order to speak with steering committee members, subcommittee chairs, and me about Yale's progress to date.
Yale is a large institution, comprising not only an undergraduate College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, but also ten professional schools, many of which have their own accrediting agencies. For this reason, I have asked committee members, in those chapters where it is appropriate, to direct their thinking in the broadest way to Yale College.
From the start of this process, however, in the discussion of all standards, I have requested that committees use their time and energy to identify and reflect on the knotty issues that -- because of time constraints -- sometimes escape sustained attention. It is my hope that identifying these issues, and pinpointing ways to address them further in the future, will help Yale meet the challenges of its fourth century.
It is very important to me, and to all committee members, to have thoughtful responses to our self-study report. Please feel free to use the response form at the end of every chapter, or at the end of the document as a whole, to make any comments you may wish. We would be grateful for your contribution to this process.
Richard C. Levin
President, Yale University