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Middle States Accredits NJIT; Compliments University on Disproportionate Impact in Higher Education, Given Its Means

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed NJIT’s accreditation for the next decade.  According to the report, “NJIT is making a disproportionate impact in higher education given its means.  In particular, NJIT is providing an admirable service to first-in-family students attending college.  The students are excellent, well trained, and graduates are highly successful after leaving the university.  NJIT’s success in providing a first-class education and college experience to a diverse student body is enviable.”  To see the report in its entirety, please visit: http://www.njit.edu/middlestates/evaluation.php.

“I am pleased to report this positive outcome, the result of a comprehensive three-year effort by the Board of Trustees, university administration, alumni, faculty, staff, and students,” said NJIT President Joel S. Bloom.

According to the findings of the evaluation team report, NJIT meets or exceeds all 14 standards outlined in the commission’s “Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education.”  The Middle States team read NJIT’s Self-Study Report, considered detailed reports on each standard and reviewed substantial additional documentation provided by the NJIT steering committee. 

“I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to the NJIT entire community for the diligence, tenacity, and integrity it has taken to bring this important process to success,” Bloom added.  “In particular, I want to thank Professor Norbert Elliot, chair of the NJIT Self-Study.  The accrediting process has indeed strengthened and sustained the quality and integrity of our university, and we have again demonstrated our fulfillment of public confidence.  In meeting and exceeding each of the 14 Characteristics of Excellence of the Commission, we have fulfilled the responsibilities inherent in the accreditation process as a true measure of our commitment to quality in higher education.”

To be eligible for federal financial aid, an institution of higher education must be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the Middle Atlantic region.  Although the organization is non-governmental, it offers a revealing self-examination process for educators by educators.  This accreditation is authorized and answerable to the federal government.  The organization is composed of selected veteran educators, who volunteer their professional services on behalf of the accrediting agency, to oversee the educational integrity of colleges and universities.  A Middle States review, a multi-year process, initiates an in-depth self-examination and encourages, advances, assists and sustains the continuous improvement of the institution and student learning outcomes.  

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.