Accreditation

Accreditation

Barnard College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Accreditation is reaffirmed every eight years through a process that entails:

  • a comprehensive and campus-wide self-study by the institution,
  • a visit to campus by a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions,
  • the team’s written evaluation and recommendations to the Commission, and
  • the Commission’s accreditation action.

Every element of the review process is based on standards of quality developed by the Commission in consultation with its accredited institutions.

The current comprehensive review began in Academic Year 2018-19 and will conclude in spring 2021.

Barnard’s Accreditation Status
Barnard’s current Statement of Accreditation is available on the MSCHE website.

Process and Timeline for 2021 Comprehensive Review

Barnard's next Comprehensive Review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education will take place during academic year 2021.  The review has four primary components:

  • Institutional self-study: a comprehensive and campus-wide self-study by the institution
  • Evaluation Team Visit: a visit to campus by a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions,
  • Review and decision by MSCHE: the team’s written evaluation and recommendations to the Commission, and
  • the Commission’s accreditation action.

Timeline

Barnard’s next Self-Study process began in 2018-19; the Self-Study will be submitted in fall 2020 and the Team Visit will occur in spring 2021.

Steering Committee Members

The steering committee guides and oversees Barnard's self-study

Members

  • Linda Bell, Provost
  • Dina Merrer, Professor of Chemistry (co-chair) 
  • Giorgio DiMauro, Associate Provost for International Initiatives and Special Projects (co-chair)
  • Peter Connor, Professor of French (Working Group 1 co-chair)
  • Reshmi Mukherjee, Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Academic Research and Centers (Working Group 1 co-chair)
  • Sharon Harrison, Professor of Economics (Working Group 2 co-chair)
  • Nikki Youngblood-Giles, Associate Dean Beyond Barnard (Working Group 2 co-chair)
  • Yvette Christianse, Professor of English and Africana Studies (Working Group 3 co-chair)
  • Ariana Gonzalez-Stokas, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Working Group 3 co-chair)
  • Brian Mailloux, Professor of Environmental Science (Working Group 4 co-chair)
  • Robert Goldberg, Chief Operating Officer (Working Group 4 co-chair)
  • Nikisha Williams, Executive Director of Institutional Assessment
  • Carolina Tamara, Executive Director of Institutional Research

Archives

2016 Periodic Review Report

Periodic Review Report, submitted June 2016 (pdf)

2010 Reaccreditation

Visiting Team Report, subsequent to the 2010 Self-Study (pdf)
Self-Study Report, submitted November 2010 (pdf)
Steering Committee (pdf)
Working groups (pdf)