Town Hall Meetings

Town Hall Meeting
Middle States
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
5:00-6:00pm
Room 19A

Under the umbrella of the Graduate School and University Center, the School of Labor and Urban Studies is in the process of undergoing reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

In accordance with Middle States expectations, SLU has engaged in a comprehensive self-study that will culminate in a visit to SLU by a team of Middle States peer reviewers in the spring of 2020. The self-study report addresses the seven areas identified by Middle States as standards for accreditation: mission and goals; ethics and integrity; design and delivery of student learning experience; support of student experience; educational effectiveness and assessment; planning resources and institutional improvement; and governance, leadership and administration.

The Town Hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2019 is to share with the campus community the process that is underway and to solicit feedback and hear recommendations on how to improve the process.

We invite all students, faculty, and staff to attend this important information session.

For more information about the Middle States process, visit the Middle States page on SLU’s website(https://slu.cuny.edu/about/accreditation/).

Middle States Accreditation Brief No. 1

Mission and Goals

Under the umbrella of the Graduate Center, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies has begun the work required for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The School will welcome a Middle States Peer Review Team to our campus during the spring of 2020.

In anticipation of the review team’s visit and in accordance with Middle States expectations, the School has engaged in a comprehensive self-study that addresses the seven areas identified by Middle States as standards for accreditation: mission and goals; ethics and integrity; design and delivery of student learning experience; support of student experience; educational effectiveness and assessment; planning resources and institutional improvement; and governance, leadership and administration.

The Accreditation Briefs are designed to share important information about the reaccreditation process.  The first one focuses on “Standard One: Mission and Goals,” namely, how “The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.”

To address this standard, SLU held a Town Hall meeting on March 27th, 2019, in part dedicated to the re-affirmation of the School’s mission.  Those present agreed that the institution should continue to embrace and fulfill its mission as derived from its core values: access to education, diversity at every level, social justice, and equality for all.

SLU’s goals are consistent with teaching and learning in the 21st century: to expand higher education opportunities for workers; to prepare students who aspire to careers in public service and movements for social justice; to promote civic engagement; provide leadership development for union and community activists; and to help workers achieve greater economic security. Its perspective is unique, addressing the needs of its constituents while helping New York City and State fulfill their needs for a well-educated, highly skilled public and private workforce.