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WHOI Earns Reaccreditation

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Source: Oceanus Magazine

WHOI has been reaccredited as a degree-granting institution by the organization responsible for accrediting New England colleges and universities.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredited WHOI in its own right—as separate from MIT, its partner institution in the Joint Program—and with no review scheduled for 10 years instead of the normal five.

In the official letter of accreditation, NEASC Chair Judith R. Gordon commended WHOI for “its clear mission, comprehensive planning processes, exceptionally well-qualified student body, dedicated and highly competent faculty, and the unique repository of oceanographic legacy data maintained by the library,” and applauded steps WHOI has taken to address gender and diversity issues.

The accreditation culminates an intensive process that includes a self-study, an on-site evaluation, and a formal review. Judith McDowell, associate dean of academic programs at the time, led the self-study and coordinated the accreditation process, which began during John Farrington’s tenure as dean and continued after the appointment of James Yoder to that position. Eighteen scientific and administrative staff members from WHOI departments, the Academic Programs Office, and the MBL/WHOI library, served on the self-study committee.

Dean Yoder said the outcome “shows high regard by the commission for WHOI’s education programs, for the MBL/WHOI library, and for the Institution’s own strong support for its education mission.”

Originally published: September 30, 2007