Office of the President

MEMORANDUM

To: Faculty, Students and Staff

From: Joel S. Bloom

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Subject: Release of the Final Report by the Middle States Evaluation

I am writing to report an important milestone event in our re-accreditation process: the release of the final report of the visiting team to the NJIT community. The report was prepared after the visiting team reviewed the NJIT self study (A Science and Technology Research University for the 21st Century) and visited our campus (on April 1-4, 2012).

I am pleased to report  that, in the team’s opinion: The New Jersey Institute of Technology meets or exceeds all fourteen standards outlined in the Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education.   It is important to note that this evaluation is the first step in a three-step process and that we must now wait for the Commission’s committee review and the deliberation of the Commission to determine our accreditation status. Following that action, which will be taken on June 28, the NJIT Statement of Accreditation Status will be made available by the Commission. We look forward to the action of the Commission.

In addition to its findings regarding compliance with MSCHE standards, the team also wrote that, in its judgment:

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is making a disproportionate impact in higher education given it 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.

Within the 41 page report, the team suggests that special attention be paid to the following areas in preparation for the 2017 periodic review report: continued development of the tenure track faculty base; increase of women and underrepresented minority faculty; completion of the shared governance structure; pursuit of corporate, government, and academic partnerships to drive innovation and economic development; continued enhancement of the university’s data gathering capacity in the service of institutional assessment; development of additional strategies to increase the number of student applications; and enhancement of our unique approach to student life.

I will write again following the deliberations of the full Commission in late June. Until then, I want to again extend my appreciation to the entire NJIT community, particularly Professor Norbert Elliot, for participation in the self study process.