April 29, 2019
Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,
Over the past 18 months, Brandeis has been engaged with the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as it conducted its routine reaccreditation process, which occurs every 10 years. This process gives institutions of higher education the opportunity to reflect deeply on every aspect of their organization, to prepare a comprehensive self-study, and to meet with a visiting committee to discuss a variety of issues.
I am pleased to report that the process is now complete and Brandeis has received its reaccreditation. This result is a testament to the institutional commitment and ongoing work of the entire community — staff, faculty, students, and alumni.
I want to thank all the individuals who helped prepare Brandeis’ self-study, which led to our reaccreditation, as well as those who in November participated in discussions with the members of NECHE’s visiting team, led by Yale President Peter Salovey.
In addition to recognizing many of our university’s strengths, the commission highlighted some areas that require our future attention. Each of these areas is already being addressed through such ongoing processes as the Framework for Our Future and the implementation of the Brandeis Core. Brandeis will submit an interim report to the commission in 2022, which will allow us to document our continuing efforts to improve in these areas and build upon our strengths.
In its reaccreditation letter (PDF), the commission spoke highly of Brandeis, applauding our “high ethical and cultural values,” as well as our commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and our excellent faculty and staff. We should be proud of our reputation, and confident that the next decade will be an exciting period of growth and change for Brandeis.