Every eight years, the university conducts a self-analysis and assessment (also known as the self-study report) as part of our Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accreditation process.
The self-study report was prepared by more than 75 members of the RIT community and subject to two public campus review sessions.
The next phase of the accreditation process is an evaluation visit. A nine member evaluation team, consisting of faculty and administrators from peer institutions will be on campus. They have read our Self-Study Report and will evaluate how accurately the report reflects our reality, to ask questions for clarification, and/or to request additional documentation.
Many campus members (students, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees) will be invited to formally participate in a group or individual meeting with one or more of the evaluators. There may also be informal meetings or requests for additional meetings once they are on campus.
They will make a recommendation to MSCHE regarding our re-accreditation status. See RIT’s Evaluation Team roster for a list of the team members.
Please note: if you are included on the Evaluation Visit schedule, you will receive additional information.
The focus of MSCHE accreditation is on mission, the student learning experience, quality, and institutional effectiveness, but it's also an opportunity for RIT to reflect and demonstrate engagement in continuous improvement, and commitment to excellence...
...and to highlight the value of an RIT degree! Successful reaccreditation also allows us to continue to provide financial aid for students.
In addition, the Self-Study Report provides support for RIT’s Strategic Plan: Greatness Through Difference implementation, which will guide the university's direction over the next decade.
This site visit, conducted by higher education peers, provides an opportunity to celebrate RIT successes and identify future opportunities for improvement.
If you would like more information, please visit the RIT MSCHE website!