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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

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.  

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.