Dorothy E. Habben, Ph.D.
Vice President and Secretary of the University
I am pleased to advise you that the Final Report from the Middle
States team that visited in March has now been received. The
report, which is addressed to the Faculty, Administration,
Trustees, and Students of St. John’s, is available to
download in the Related Links box on the right.
As you will note, the report is extremely positive. In
particular, the team commended the openness and thoroughness of our
self-study and endorsed the recommendations which we ourselves had
made to enhance the areas that were the focus of that
- Mission, with a focus on Vincentian mission
- Assessment, with a focus on learning outcomes assessment
- Residence Life
The University was found to be in compliance with all of the
standards for accreditation as set forth in Middle States’ guiding
document, Characteristics of Excellence.
As part of the reaccreditation process, Middle States requires
that the University provide a formal response to the team’s report.
Father Harrington has done that, and his letter to the Middle
States Commission is posted with the report in the Related Links
box. His letter states that we have accepted the report as written.
He also expressed the University’s gratitude for the collegiality
that marked the work of the team and permeates every segment of the
I encourage you to read this important Report. In the weeks and
months ahead, we shall be implementing its recommendations as part
of our overall planning/institutional improvement process.
Middle States Commission on Higher
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680