University of Vermont

Former President Daniel Mark Fogel

NEASC Accreditation Report September 2009

September 18 , 2009

To University of Vermont Community
From: Daniel Mark Fogel, President

Re: NEASC Accreditation Report

We are pleased to share with you today the report of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Evaluation Team and the University’s response to the report (available at UVM Accreditation). In November, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of NEASC will meet to discuss the Evaluation Team’s Report and will then convey the Commission’s action on UVM’s accreditation to us in a letter, probably in early December. While the process will not be complete until the Commission has acted, we are confident that the University has acquitted itself well in this important decennial exercise.

The report, based on the visiting team’s review of our Self-Study and the team’s April 2009 site visit, evaluates the University’s performance on eleven comprehensive standards and concludes with a summative list of institutional strengths and concerns (pp. 38-39). As you read through this list, we think you will find much that resonates with our own perception of our accomplishments, on the one hand, and of the work remaining to be done, on the other. The University’s response describes some of the steps that are being taken to address issues identified in the NEASC report and, importantly, to keep UVM moving forward on its path of continued improvement in academic quality and institutional effectiveness.

The reaccreditation process was noteworthy for many things, but perhaps most of all for the way it brought the University community together in a collective and collaborative effort. We are especially thankful for the leadership provided by Dean Mara Saule and former Associate Provost Jill Tarule, and to former Provost John Hughes for his steady shepherding and oversight of the process. Equally important were the countless faculty, staff, and students who participated in a variety of ways, enabling us to prepare a Self-Study that demonstrates the remarkable accomplishments of the University and also reflects honestly on areas where we ourselves see room for improvement.

The 2009-2010 academic year is off to a remarkable start, and we are deeply thankful and indebted to all members of the University community who tirelessly contribute to making UVM the remarkable and special place that it is.

cc: Dr. Barbara E. Brittingham, President/Director, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, NEASC
UVM Board of Trustees

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