Once every 10 years, SVA undergoes a reaccreditation process through the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. The process requires the College to produce a self-study document and host a site visit by a six-member panel of Middle States evaluators, drawn from other education institutions across the U.S. The most recent site visit occurred March 19 – 21 and culminated in a presentation of the panel’s report to the entire College staff on Wednesday, March 21.
Dr. Larry Thompson, president of Ringling School of Art and Design and chair of the Middle States panel, shared the report, which evaluates SVA on 14 “standards of excellence,” all of which the College met. Above all, Thompson said, “We really enjoyed seeing the students’ artwork; in the end, that’s what this is all about.” Next, the report will go through a review process before it is presented to the full commission for approval in June. According to SVA’s provost, Christopher Cyphers, “The team’s report following its visit is very much an affirmation of the hard work everyone at SVA has done in the last 10 years to make our school the best institution possible. Of course, the report also points out some things we need to address—but these things will only serve to make SVA a stronger, more competitive institution.”