The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has notified Temple of its decision to reaffirm the university's accreditation. The action is the culmination of a process of voluntary self-analysis and regulation that takes place every 10 years in order to assure the quality of American colleges and universities.
The notice from the commission, a body of more than 500 schools located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, arrived after a team of nine peer evaluators visited Main Campus and many of Temple's other locations in Pennsylvania and abroad in the Spring 2010 semester. In their report, the peer evaluation team stated that Temple had met all 14 of Middle States' standards, singling out the university's achievements in many areas, particularly in planning and assessment. The Academic Strategic Compass and the Temple 20/20 framework were described as "well stated and linked to mission and goal achievement," wrote the team, who also acknowledged "impressive results in a short period of time" toward the goals articulated in the Academic Strategic Compass.
"I would like to thank the trustees, faculty, students and staff who contributed to the self-study and who participated in the site visit," said Temple President Ann Weaver Hart. "The reaccreditation is a university-wide achievement in which we can take great pride. But as we celebrate our reaccreditation, we should also take time to reflect on our self-study and the visiting team's collegial suggestions about ways Temple can continuously improve."
To read the evaluation team's report and get more information on the accreditation process, go to temple.edu/middlestates.